Skoda unveiled today, ahead of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show the facelifted Yeti compact SUV. What is new for the 2014MY Yeti is that the customers are now able to choose from two different versions of the vehicle: a City version or the Outdoor edition. As expected, the 2014 Skoda Yeti City version is comes with bumpers, side mouldings and door sills painted in the same colour as the body, while the Outdoor version features the same elements finished in black plastic.
In terms of design, the 2014 Yeti offers a new grille, newly designed headlights with optional bi-xenin and LED daytime running lights, new C-shaped lights with optional LEDs and a new tailgate at the rear.
New alloy wheels are also available alongside with four new paint colours. The interior was updated too and now features a new steering wheel, dashboard trim and additional fabric seat trims and patterns.
Skoda will also offer an automatic parallel parking system and a rear-view camera as an option. Under the hood, there will be no changes as Skoda will offer four diesel and three petrol engines from the outgoing model.
The base engine will be a 1.6-liter TDI with 103 bhp, while the most powerful will be the 2.0-liter TDI engine that delivers 168 bhp. The 2.0-liter TDI engine is offered with an all-wheel-drive, six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for the first time, while the 1.6-liter comes with an optional seven-speed dual-clutch auto.
The facelifted iteration of the Skoda Yeti isn’t just a compact SUV, but a visually appealing one as well. It is a great performer both on and off the road, and boasts of an interior that well-conveys that kind of performance. In fact, both the city and off-road versions of the Yeti are designed to cleverly use space and features, making use of both proven and new 'Simply Clever' solutions.
Skoda has made sure that the interior of the new Yeti is generously spacious -- as highlighted by a number of vertical side elements and window panes -- even though it is one of the most compact cars in its class with dimensions of 4,222 mm in length, 1,793 mm in width, and 1,691 mm in height. Rear passengers benefit from one of the longest backrests in its segment (1,027 mm), allowing them to sit in great comfort. Additionally, passengers would surely love the fact that it boasts of a low loading edge (at 712 mm), allowing for easier loading.
Simply Clever solutions are also found inside the Yeti. For instance, the VarioFlex rear seat system features three separate, individually removable and adjustable rear seats. Its two outside seats can be moved forward or backward (by 150 mm) to provide more legroom. Once users remove the middle seat, they could adjust the outside seats sideways to allow for shoulder space.
In addition, all three seats of the VarioFlex system come with adjustable backrests and are foldable. Once folded down, the middle seat transforms into a center armrest with two optional cup holders. Interestingly, users could also fold down the front passenger seat completely.