Skoda launches two Yeti variants, prices revealed

The much-awaited Skoda Yeti SUV has finally been launched.

The Yeti is an on-demand real-time four-wheel drive SUV available in two trims, the Ambiente and the Elegance. The Yeti Ambiente and Yeti Elegance will be available at a price of Rs 15,40,324 and Rs 16,62,721, respectively.

It is powered by the same engine that powers the Skoda Laura, a 2-litre TDI common-rail diesel engine that puts out 140 bhp of power at 4,000 rpm and 320 Nm of torque at 1,750 -2,500 rpm. It features a six-speed manual transmission. Skoda claims the Yeti gives a mileage of 17.67 kmpl, ARAI certified. That’s something, considering no other “SUV” in India can claim that figure. Also considering the Yeti weighs just 1.5 tons, it will be fast and frugal as well. Update: Skoda Yeti 2.0 diesel road test

Photo: Thomas Kuehl, director, sales & marketing, Skoda Auto India unveils the Yeti

One of the talking points of the Yeti is the four-wheel drive system it comes standard with to propel the Yeti on slippery surfaces with minimal intervention from the driver. It is loaded with electronics such as ABS, traction control, electronic differential lock, electronic stability program, hydraulic brake assist and anti-slip regulation. The only downside, we could see at the launch, was the “on-road” tyres (Goodyear Excellence). Of course, those wanting to take it off-road into some really rough stuff can add a set of all-terrain tyres straight out of the showroom.

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Photo: Skoda Yeti's compact size will be easy to handle in the city

It also features hill start assist and hill descent control systems, to make sure the Yeti does not roll back on a steep slope or go hurtling down a steep slope. Related: SUVs in India

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Photo: Yeti fog lamps also have a set of daytime running lights

The Yeti features six-airbags, electronic power steering and cornering fog lamps (that give a wider spread of light). It is a five-seater, but one can play mix and match with the Varioflex rear seats for hours. The rear seats fold forward, fold down, move horizontally or can even be removed for maximum storage space. Minimum luggage space is 416 litres and up to a maximum of 1,760 litres. There are plenty of hooks and fixes in the boot to tie down luggage and camping equipment. The Yeti is marginally taller than the Honda CRV but is shorter, narrower and lighter. Related: Skoda cars in India

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Photo: Yeti's 2-litre TDI gives a mileage of 17.67 kmpl

The Yeti was first seen at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009. After Skoda showcased the Yeti at the Auto Expo 2010 in New Delhi, the company has been receiving many queries from potential customers.

Thomas Kuehl, director, sales & marketing, SkodaAuto India launched the Yeti on November 15. At the launch he said Skoda was expanding its dealer network and planned to have 80 dealers in place by the year end. He also said the company planned to sell about 400-500 more Yetis by the end of the year. Kuehl says the company has already received close to 1,000 pre-orders after it was first seen at the Expo.

Skoda Yeti detailed video

Now with the prices of the Yeti having been announced and the car finally hitting showrooms, it’s time for Skoda to capitalize on the curiosity that’s been generated so far.

Skoda Yeti technical specifications:

Engine 4-cyl, 1968 cc, TDI common-rail diesel, 16 valve
Power 140 bhp at 4,000 rpm
Torque 320 Nm at 1,750 rpm
Transmission 6-speed manual
Haldex clutch 4-wheel drive, EDL
Wheelbase 2,578 mm
Length 4,223 mm
Height 1,691 mm
Width 1,793 mm
Kerb weight 1,530 Kg
Fuel tank capcity 60 litres