The Skoda Yeti Sochi is powered by a 1.8 TSI petrol engine with 150bhp. The turbocharged unit is mated to a six-speed DSG gearbox that sends drive to all four wheels.
Volkswagen hopes its sponsorship of the 2014 Olympics can help give fast-track its expansion plans in Russia, where it hopes to more than double sales to half a million units per year by 2018.
The Olympics should provide much-needed improvements to Russia’s road infrastructure and be a platform for promoting more fuel-efficient vehicles.
At the moment, VW has to downgrade its engines to meet older EU3 emissions legislation and is lobbying the government to bring Russian fuel and emissions standards in line with the rest of Europe.