Skoda Yeti updated for 2013

Skoda (part of the Volkswagen Group) will launch a new Yeti at the Frankfurt Motorshow next month and for the first time, the Czech compact SUV will be available in two versions – a standard version and an Outdoor version.

While both versions incorporate Skoda’s new design language, there are differentiations through styling and features to reflect the different characters.

There’s an all-new interior with new 3-spoke steering wheels in seven variations, new fabrics and patterns for the seat covers as well as new decorative trims on the dashboard.

This model will also be the first Skoda equipped with a rearview camera. It will also have the latest generation of the automatic parking assistant, a system which enables the Yeti to automatically reverse and parallel park and even pull out.

Seven engines with manual or DSG transmissions are available with FWD or AWD drivetrains.

Up till the end of June 2013, 263,200 Yetis have been sold worldwide and an increasing number will be produced as part of the 2018 growth strategy which will see Skoda focussing on international growth markets. Exclusively for the Chinese market, a longer variant will be produced in China by the end of this year. ​

“The Skoda Yeti is one of the most attractive compact SUVs on the market and has far exceeded our sales expectations since its launch 4 years ago,” said the company’s CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “With this all-new look and being offered for the first time in two variations, we are establishing new benchmarks. We plan to continue our outstanding development in this rapidly growing vehicle class.”

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