All new Skoda Yeti confirmed, India launch next year

first_imgSkoda is preparing a replacement for its Yeti with more space, a new engine range and a more traditional crossover look. It will share much of its DNA with the new SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan, with all three SUVs riding on variations of VW’s MQB platform – and a hybrid is on the way, too.While the current car’s ‘Tonka toy’ looks are a distinctive feature and have helped the Yeti to huge sales success, the new model will feature more traditional styling with a sleeker look, incorporating the design language set out by the Vision S concept from the Geneva Motor Show, also set for the Kodiaq seven-seater which will be unveiled at October’s Paris Motor Show.ALSO READ: Third-generation Skoda Octavia breaches the one million markThe previously upright rear hatch will be replaced by a more raked version, giving the car a much sleeker profile than before. Slim tail-lights feature Skoda’s signature light pattern and split as the tailgate is opened. A four-light headlamp arrangement and clamshell bonnet mean the Yeti shares its face with the upcoming Kodiaq, while slim LED headlights and a wide grille complete the look, with more than a hint of the new Superb in the design, too.Sculpted side panels and larger sills will give the car definition in profile. Inside, we expect a simple design with a focus on maximising space, but with the use of quality materials for a more upmarket feel.The new Yeti will be more practical than the current car as well, with a bigger boot and more space in the cabin for passengers. The SEAT Ateca has a 510-litre load area, so expect an increase of over 100 litres on the current Yeti’s 416-litre capacity.advertisementALSO READ:Skoda Superb vs Audi A3 vs Mercedes Benz CLA vs Toyota CamryWhile four-wheel drive on some models is likely to cut into load space, Skoda intends to make sure that future hybrid versions will retain the car’s pragmatic character. The hybrid model is expected to share the VW Tiguan GTE’s powertrain, which means a 1.4-litre petrol engine paired with an electric motor, giving CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km.We expect other engines to be carried over from the VW Group range, including a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol as well as 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesels that will count for most of the private and company car sales.Along with four-wheel drive, a DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox will be available for the new Yeti. It’s likely that there will be more safety equipment than ever as well, including an auto braking system and a parking camera.ALSO READ:Skoda to preview 7-seater VisionS at Geneva Motor ShowIt’s possible that Skoda will introduce a more rugged-looking Scout model and even a more aggressive Sportline version.last_img