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Skoda Yeti news - Geneva show: Skoda Yeti - 2009

Everything’s
all gone a bit EuroDisney over at the Skoda stand in Geneva. There’s a man
wandering round in a massive fluffy white bear-type costume, pursued by a couple
of bronzed lovelies clad in somewhat scantier versions of the same material.
 Strange.

It’s all
to promote the new Yeti (ah, so that’s what he’s meant to be) - Skoda’s new
crossover-type thing that promises to fill a gap in the SUV market that no one
knew existed.

In
appearance and size, the Yeti sits halfway between a Kia Soul and Nissan
Qashqai
, and boasts a shiny, chromed front end that Skoda describes as
‘impressive’. Looking at those inboard foglights, we were thinking
 ‘cross-eyed’.

Gaping
square wheel arches and de rigeur plastic bumpers complete the Yeti’s soft-roader
visuals, but unlike many of the jacked-up brigade, the Yeti does at least get
four-wheel drive.

At least,
it does if you opt for one of the bigger engines: the base-spec 103bhp petrol and
109bhp diesel engines are front-wheel-drive affairs. All-wheel-drive engine
choices include a 1.8-litre, 158bhp turbo petrol engine and a pair of two-litre
turbodiesels in 138bhp and 168bhp flavour.

So what do you reckon? Will the Yeti be a surprise SUV hit like the
Qashqai, or a what-the-hell-do-we-do-with-this one confusion like, say, the
Seat Altea XL?

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