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14 August 2013

Everyone! It’s the new Skoda Yeti!

A TG favourite gets a mid-life facelift and two variants for first time…

Vijay Pattni
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Skoda has announced that its Yeti compact SUV has been given a nip and a tuck. And on first impressions, we kind of wished they'd left it alone.

This is because the Skoda Yeti is a bit of a TopGear favourite: who can forget Jeremy's Very Thorough Road Test of the loveable little tyke on telly?

And the reason we wish it so, is because we think the earlier generation looks a bit nicer. Gone is the quirkiness, and in comes a more generic - dare we say it - more VW-ey corporate face. It doesn't look as cheeky, just a bit angry.

We're told it'll come in two variants - a city version, and an off-road version. Both are simply cosmetic trim lines, but they get a redesigned grille with new headlights, a new tailgate with ‘distinctive tail lights', some cubist triangular elements, new alloy wheel options and a new steering wheel, fabric and pattern for the inside. It even comes with a rear-view camera for the first time.

The city version gets body-coloured bumpers, side mouldings and door sills, while the off-road one gets these elements in a fetching black plastic.

The important stuff remains the same; it sits on the same underpinnings as before, the VarioFlex rear seat system is in place, there's acres of headroom and the boot's huge; 405 litres with the seats up, 1760 with them down.

We're told the new Skoda Yeti will be available with seven engines internationally - four diesels and three petrol units - ranging from a 1.2-litre TSI with 105bhp, to the 2.0-litre diesel producing 170bhp. A DSG twin-clutch gearbox is an option over the standard six-speed manual, while you can even plump for a Haldex-coupling all-wheel-drive variant.

Then there's the ultra-eco version, the ‘GreenLine', which features a 1.6-litre diesel, front-wheel-drive, a manual gearbox and emissions of just 119g/km and a claimed economy of 21.5kpl.

It'll get a world premiere at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, so we'll report back and tell you whether it looks any nicer in real life. But what do you think, dot.commers.

Tags: frankfurt 13, yeti, skoda

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