Skoda Yeti facelift launch by September 2014: Price not expected to change
Skoda India showcased the Yeti facelift in Auto Expo 2014 in February, which will be launched by September 2014. Originally unveiled at 2009 Geneva Motor Show, the company’s first SUV received positive critique and was declared to be a good family SUV. Hence, Skoda introduced Yeti 4×4 in India in 2010 and Yeti 4×2 in 2011. Current Price of Skoda Yeti is Rs. 15,19,000 (ex-showroom Delhi).
Assembled at Skoda’s Aurangabad plant, the Yeti was known for its unique and compact styling. It was preferred for its true SUV capabilities and more importantly the cabin room it gave with respect to its external size, which made Yeti easier to drive in stop-go traffic and to be parked easily.
However, Yeti did not sell in big numbers, because of its vague positioning and resulted marketing difficulties. Skoda will now launch a facelift version of Yeti to remind the market of its presence in the segment. The new Yeti will carry significant changes in fashion and accessories department.
Externally, new Skoda Yeti will wear a new headlamp, grille and bumper, to pronounce Skoda’s new design cues. Just like Skoda Superb, the Yeti will also exhibit Skoda’s logo on the front end of bonnet instead of its previous spot on the grille. On the rear, the silhouette is untouched, but given new sporty LED tail lights.
In the cabin, no major revamp can be seen, especially on the dashboard, but steering wheel, instrument cluster and in-car entertainment system will get some tweaks. It is nice of Skoda to let other features remain in Yeti as its original build and fit was appreciated, and so was driving comfort, road clearance and overall cabin aura.
Powertrain will feature the same 2.0 litre diesel engine as seen in existing Skoda Yeti, and will come in two different power output schemes. The 4×2 front wheel drive version of Yeti will sport 110 PS max. power at 4,200 rpm and 4×4 variant will come with 140 PS max. power at same 4,200 rpm. The former Yeti variant churns out 250 Nm peak torque between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm and latter generates 320 Nm from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm. Both are coupled to manual gearbox only, with FWD Yeti offering 5-speed fully synchronised transmission, while AWD Yeti sporting 6-speed fully synchronised one.
We expect the new Skoda Yeti to get a DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) as increasing car buyers in India prefer automatic transmission these days. Price of Skoda Yeti is not expected to deviate much from current price for either of two trims available.
via ET Auto