Most of the automakers in India are either modifying existing models or developing new vehicles in a bid to achieve increased monthly sales. Joining the bandwagon is the Czech Republic manufacturer, Skoda which will soon be rolling out a redesigned version of its popular Yeti in India. If reports are to be believed, the carmaker may launch Yeti in the domestic market this July, by a glimpse of which were seen at this year’s Delhi Auto Expo. Nonetheless, the redesigned Yeti is already on sale in several international markets. For India, a hypothetical starting price of Rs. 17 lakh is being speculated.
The new Skoda Yeti ditches its signature circular foglamps in a quest to align itself with the new family look. On the outside, it features a new bumper, a new grille, new headlamps, all of which now exude the Yeti’s new design language. The logo, as is the case with the new Superb, now moves from the grille to the hood. The overall design at the rear remains the same; however it sports nicer looking LED taillights.
On the inside, the dashboard layout remains unchanged, but the clocks, stereo system and steering wheel will some revisions. What will also remain unchanged is the good build quality and plush feel of the interior, of course, what Skoda is known for. The good visibility, comfy seats and high seating position are the other pluses, which the Yeti will retain.
Additional features on the redesigned Skoda Yeti include tire pressure monitoring system, keyless ignition, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, multifunction steering wheel, 16 inch alloy wheels and bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights.
As far as engine option is concerned, the Skoda Yeti will continue to be a diesel-only SUV in India. The current 2.0 liter TDI diesel powerplant is likely to continue with its two states of tune – 110PS and 140PS. The front wheel drive 110PS would be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, while the all wheel drive 140PS would get a six-speed manual transmission. In addition, the redesigned Yeti could be available with DSG dual clutch automatic transmission in the range-topping L&K trim.
According to the company, one of the main reasons for Yeti not doing well was its unclear positioning. Thanks to its size, the Yeti may not be as butch looking as some of the other SUVs carrying a similar price tag, but it was still seen as an off-roader. The biggest advantage the Yeti has over its rivals is its convenient size. It’s easier to park and drive in the city and when it comes to on and off-road performance, it can still take on any SUV with aplomb. The new positioning for Yeti then, will be that of an ideal urban crossover. And to really make good of this positioning, an automatic is a must.