The next-generation Skoda Yeti, which is due to arrive in 2018, will become more of a traditional SUV than a crossover, as the refreshed car finds a new place in the Czech manufacturer's line-up.
Following the launch of the Kodiaq SUV at the Paris motor show this autumn, Skoda will then turn its attention to bringing a fresh face to the Yeti, which has long been the firm’s only crossover model.
Speaking at Skoda’s annual press conference, where the firm revealed it had set a new sales record in 2015, new Skoda boss Bernhard Maier said he was aware of the Yeti’s following in Europe, saying the car is “a success story" for Skoda. "It is not a surprise and not a secret that the Yeti will be reborn," he added. "It’s already in development and looks beautiful, and sticks to the ideals of the brand.”
Those ideals are understood to be practicality, a spacious cabin and affordability - principals which have also guided the development of the Kodiaq and its subsequent variants.
Like the Kodiaq, the new Yeti will feature styling cues taken from the VisionS concept car, with key elements likely to include a more prominent grille, clamshell bonnet and slim LED headlights. The curved shape of today’s car will make way for a body with more traditional SUV design cues, which are likely to mean a raised ride height, strong shoulder line and high bonnet.
It’s unknown whether Skoda will choose to launch the next-generation Yeti in a single body style or bring different versions to market as with today’s car, which can be bought both as an urban-focused version or a chunkier ‘Outdoor’ model.