Skoda’s only SUV in India, Yeti is a very capable SUV that has never been able to mark its presence in our Indian car market. Today, at Auto Expo 2014, Skoda introduced the face-lifted version of Yeti which will be soon launched in India.
Skoda has not altered the basic design and architecture of Yeti instead they have opted for some smart changes which differentiate this new car from its previous generation. Give it a look and you can easily tell it’s a Skoda car, the sleek and edgy headlights ditched for the aged round shaped fog lights looks quite smart with newly developed butterfly grille of Skoda with its logo on it.
The characteristic lines on its new bonnet and thin chin with a restyled bumper also gives it a similar look to the other newly launched cars of Skoda. Side profile features the new pattern on alloy wheels which also adds to the sporty character of this car. The triangular crimp and the new badging as seen on the boot lid of Rapid and new gen Octavia can also bee seen in Yeti, again giving it a distinctive Skoda look. The tail lights also have been slightly tweaked with small changes made in its rear bumper with reflectors.
Skoda has also changed the shades and fabrics inside Yeti in order to give it a fresh look and make it feel more premium than before. The car also gets new leather wrapped, four-spoke steering wheel. Yeti retains its only 2.0L Tdi engine from the previous generation. This engine is available with four wheel and front wheel drive options. The four wheel drive version of Yeti is mated with a six-speed manual gearbox and its engine develops a power output of 140bhp with a torque output of 320Nm.
The front wheel drive version of Yeti produces a reduced power output of 110bhp with 250Nm of torque. This version is only served with a five-speed manual gearbox. Most likely, there are no changes made to the suspension settings of Yeti so expect the ride quality to be same as before. It’s yet to be seen at what price Skoda will launch this face-lifted version of Yeti in India as competitive pricing seems to be the only option left for Skoda to make Yeti more popular and affordable in India.