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Strong-selling Skoda compact SUV to be offered in City and Outdoor variants following 2014 facelift

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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Flatus senex 18 August 2013

Was the Yeti too interesting stylistically for its own good?

Blander still and blander. That seems to be the fate of Skodas.

AndyT 15 August 2013

oh dear

A shame they could not have kept it a little bit more interesting with the facelift.

dm4r5h 15 August 2013

Getting better

I've always liked the Yeti... but not the round headlamps.

Form me this is a step in the right direction. Boring.. run of the mill... you may say, but it does it for me.

Next a slight tweek to the B pillar and the shape of the rear lights cluster please. If you are going for the angular (technical) design I think you have to carry it through.

I like the the city version as I hate the plastic panels they tend to stick on softroaders.

Would love to see the newer 150bhp diesel engine in the Yeti to boost economy whilst retaining the majority of the 170bhp's performance.

Have owned several VRS's... Skoda is my preferred brand and I enjoy seeing them come along in leaps and bounds, but don't let the success bump up the prices!