Skoda has split its Yeti line-up in two during a series of mid-life changes to the popular compact SUV.
Buyers will now be able to choose from two different versions of the Yeti: a ‘City’ edition and an ‘Outdoor’ version - though those names are not yet confirmed. The City’s bumpers, side mouldings and door sills are painted the same colour as the body, while the same elements are finished in black plastic on the Outdoor for a more rugged look.
The Outdoor will also be offered with a four-wheel drive option, and is the most similar to the current Yeti. Skoda says it expects around 40 per cent of Outdoor customers to choose the four-wheel drive option.
City versions are also to be offered with Monte Carlo trim as an option. Already seen on the Fabia Monte Carlo, it features a gloss black roof, door mirror covers, wheel arch mouldings, black wheel designs and smoked headlights. The trim costs between £1145 and £1520 on the Fabia, and similar costs for the Yeti are expected.
The revised Yeti, revealed at the Frankfurt motor show, features a new grille and rectangular-shaped headlights with optional bi-xenons and LED daytime running lights at the front, and more technical-looking C-shaped lights with optional LEDs and a revised tailgate at the rear.
Several new alloy wheel options are also offered on the facelifted Yeti alongside four new paint colours, a new steering wheel, new dashboard trim and additional fabric seat trims and patterns. New options include an automatic parallel parking system and a rear-view camera.
The four diesel and three petrol engines carry over unchanged. The more powerful 168bhp 2.0 TDI engine is offered with an all-wheel-drive, six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for the first time, while the base 103bhp 1.6 TDI can now be had with an optional seven-speed dual-clutch auto.
The revised Yeti will go on sale early next year. It’s an important car for Skoda in the UK; 2012 was the Yeti’s best year yet, with 7300 sold here within the marque’s overall total of 53,000 units. And despite this being the final year before the facelift, 2013 looks set to beat 2012, with 4900 of Skoda’s 32,000 total sales in the first half of the year being Yetis.
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