The Skoda Yeti crossover is due for a replacement over the next couple of years. But before that, the Czech automaker seems like it is ready to give the popular crossover a end of career facelift, to keep the Yeti fresh and relevant before the new model arrives to take over. From the spyshot, it appears that the Yeti now gets a new front end replete with new headlamps, grille and a new bumper design. The rear too might get new tail lamps and a new bumper. The alloy wheels also seems to have changed.
Coming to the interiors of the Yeti, not much is known as to what will change or what is new. Expect Skoda to deliver an extra feature or two as the part of the overall facelift. Also unknown is what will change under the hood of this crossover, which comes with both petrol and diesel hearts in its current guise. In the coming years, Skoda will build two SUVs, one slotting above the Yeti and the other, below it. The bigger SUV is expected to seat seven while the smaller could retain the current Yeti’s capacity of being a five seater.
Skoda has been selling the Yeti in India for a couple of years now. The Yeti has been a tepid seller for the brand despite being a very capable vehicle. There are two main reasons for this. One: The Yeti is priced higher than most of the 7 seater SUVs and thus doesn’t appear value-for-money to the prospective buyer. Two: The car like footprint of the Yeti and the lack of muscularity means that folks who want an SUV steer clear of the Yeti, due to the smaller presence this crossover has. These two factors have been party poopers for what is otherwise an excellent product.
Skoda India has tried to push the Yeti by lining up a cut price 4X2 variant but after the initial splash, the cut price model has done little to put the zing back into Yeti sales. The Yeti sold in India is available in both 4X2 and 4X4 versions. The crossover comes with single 2 Liter TDI turbo diesel engine available in two states of tune, a 110 Bhp-250 Nm version and a 140 Bhp-320 Nm version. While the lower spec engine comes with 5 speed gearbox and front wheel guise, the more powerful variant gets a 6 speed stick shifter mated to a four wheel drive system.