The Czech manufacturer has released the official images of its Skoda Yeti, a compact SUV that is possibly going on a head-on collision with the Ford Kuga. The Skoda compact SUV is a 4.2 meter long 5-door hatch that was derived from a mixture of FWD hardware and chassis parts from the Fabia and Octavia.
The production model resembles very closely the concept version and the beefy appearance is further enhanced by 17 inch alloy wheels. The Yeti will come with a lineup of five engine options two of which are gasoline-powered and the other three are diesel.
For the entry-level model it will come with the 1.2 liter TSI engine generating 103bhp and is only offered with front-wheel-drive configuration. The FWD gasoline version utilizes the 1.8 liter turbocharged gasoline unit that produces 158 hp.
All of the diesel units are common-rail with the basic generating 109 hp and is offered only with two-wheel drive; while the other more powerful versions, coming with 138 hp and 168 hp, are four-wheel-drive.
For practicality, the Yeit provides a 1,760 liter luggage space with the rear seats folded down, and it comes with a luggage cover and cargo net feature. Available for sale by September, no details have been provided concerning pricing or trim levels.
With dimensions of 4,223 mm in length x 1,793 mm in width x 1,691 mm in height, the Škoda Yeti could easily get into tight parking spaces and allow passengers to open the doors widely even in tight spots.
Moreover, the thin and slim Yeti could manage to get out of tight challenging situations. The Škoda Yeti has unladen weight -- with driver -- of 1,520 kg (1.8 TSI 4x4) and a load of at least 545 kg. Furthermore, the Škoda Yeti has a flexible boot volume of between 416 liters to 1,760 liters.
It could also tow up to 1,800 kg. While the compact SUV segment is laden with nameplates that have been established for years like the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, the Nissan Qashqai and Suzuki Grand Vitara, the Škoda Yeti remains as the class leader.
This is because this compact SUV from Skoda offers off-road and handling characteristics. Not only that, the Škoda Yeti boasts of having the youngest engine range in the segment, which means they consume the least amount of fuel while emitting the lowest amount of emissions. Škoda believes that success in the SUV class is only attainable by having an environmentally sound and affordable engine strategy.
Thus, Škoda employed a downsizing strategy, which entailed reducing its capacity while increasing its performance -- which is tantamount to high torque at low engine speeds – by implementing highly advanced forced induction.