Rally-inspired Yeti features bold off-road styling and new interior upgrades, to be shown at GTI fan meet in Austria next week

Skoda has revealed a new concept version of its Yeti crossover. The Yeti Xtreme will make its debut at the Worthersee GTI fan meet in Austria next week.

The Czech manufacturer says its engineers have turned the standard car into a more sporty and dynamic rally-inspired car. Power comes from a 1.8-litre TSI engine with 150bhp and 184lb ft of torque, and is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Skoda says the car can reach 62mph in 9.0sec, with a top speed of 119mph. Performance modifications include special brakes from the Octavia RS.

Finished in matt grey paint, the Yeti Xtreme sits on 17-inch alloy wheels with off-road tyres. Aesthetic changes include new tinted side windows, new wheel inserts and a more aggressive front bumper with a larger air intake and LED lights. Skoda says the height of the chassis can also be adjusted. A revised bumper also features at the rear alongside new dual exhausts. Off-road equipment sits in the boot, and includes special traction mats and 'recovery tracks'.

Inside, the Yeti Xtreme comes with four Recaro sports seats with safety harnesses, a sportier steering wheel and paddle-shift transmission. New carbonfibre and Alcantara leather trim also features alongside aluminium inserts and special pedals and door sill plates. Rally-centric tools including a belt cutter and fire extinguisher sit on a revised centre console, while an iPad dock and first aid kit also feature.

Skoda has confirmed the model is purely a design study, and will be showcased alongside its new CitiJet concept car at the Worthersee event.

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23 May 2014
This concept has hints of another concept: Land Rover DC100 Defender Concept. Having 2 Yeti's over 4 years I would like to see elements of the Yeti Xtreme as an option in the regular models? Skoda could do a lot more with this car if they set their minds to it, such as body-kits, bigger alloys, retuned engines, to appeal to a wider audience.

23 May 2014
I have a secret soft spot for the Yeti. I think a production verion like this would do well and lift the image of the Yeti. Seems to be a good car so this would give it more individuality and I would be interested in an 'Extreme' version - yellow detailing and all....... nice one

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