Skoda Yeti face lift spotted testing in Europe

A Skoda Yeti with camouflaged front and rear sections was spotted testing in Europe. The upcoming Yeti will likely come with a mild cosmetic makeover and may hit Indian market by mid 2013.

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Photo: The front end of the test car was covered indicating that there will be subtle changes up front

The camouflages hiding the front end of the Yeti test mule suggest that changes can be expected in the front bumper and in the headlamp cluster. The unconventionally positioned fog lamps may be retained in the facelifted Yeti. The upper lip of the radiator grille may get a thick chrome slat to enhance its visual appeal. Also read: Video review: Do you know what the Skoda Yeti can do?

There were no visible changes in the side profile. At the rear, the C pillar and the taillamp clusters may get mild changes while the tailgate and bumper designs will most likely remain the same.

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Photo: The side profile remains the same with no clearly visible changes

 

Though there are no spy shots of the test mule’s interiors, expect subtle changes such as a refreshed dashboard and new upholstery. We can only hope Skoda improves the rear legroom as the current model’s rear seats are a bit cramped.

In India, the Skoda Yeti is offered in both 4×4 and 4×2 versions. The 4×4 version is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel motor that puts out 140 Bhp of power while the 4×2 version is powered by a 2-litre diesel motor that puts out 110 Bhp of power. The Yeti is priced in the range of Rs. 13.90 lakh – Rs. 17.50 lakh and competes with the Mahindra XUV500, Tata Aria, Tata Safari and Mahindra Scorpio.

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Photo: the rear bumper and tail lamp cluster will likely be changed and made more attractive

So far, the Yeti has received a lukewarm response due to its small dimensions and premium pricing. Though the company launched the Yeti 4×2 at a cheaper price, sales of the Yeti haven’t picked up. During November 2011 – April 2012, Skoda sold 924 units at an average of 154 units per month. Do you think, a facelifted version can kindle interest among potential buyers?

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