Skoda’s run in India hasn’t been going as well as the Czech automaker would have ideally wanted it to. Skoda’s only SUV offering, the Yeti, hasn’t been able to work its wonders in the country. But it is one of the most capable off-roaders in the sub Rs 20 lakh segment that we have on sale here and Skoda plans to give the Yeti yet another push at the hustings. The automaker has started testing the facelifted version of the Yeti in India without any camouflage, and the SUV is expected to be launched around the late September-early October time period.
The facelifted Yeti is available in two guises internationally: City and Outdoor. The latter was showcased at the Auto Expo 2014 earlier this year and is the one that has been caught on test as well. So, we believe that the Outdoor variant of the Yeti Facelift will be the one hitting Indian roads. The key differences between the City and Outdoor variants of the Yeti Facelift are that the latter features slightly bolder body cladding and scuff plates. The 2014 Yeti also gets a revised front fascia which brings the car in sync with the new design philosophy of the Czech automobile manufacturer.
The facelift adds revised headlights while the fog lamps are now housed in the bumper rather than alongside the headlamp cluster. The front grille, bumper and alloy wheels have been revised too. At the rear, you get a mildly revised tailgate and LEDs in the tail lights to complete the list of changes on the outside. On the inside, the Yeti Facelift is expected to get a new three-spoke steering wheel, cruise control, reverse parking camera, keyless entry, a start-stop system and new colour options for the interiors.
There will be no mechanical changes in the SUV’s diesel variants, which will continue to be powered by the same 2 liter TDI turbo diesel motor that is offered on the current version in India. The engine will come in two states of tune with the base variant churning out 108 Bhp-250 Nm and being a front-wheel driven. The top end version will feature a 4-wheel drive system and will have a power output of 138 Bhp-320 Nm. The base variant’s engine will come mated to a 5-speed gearbox while that on the 4-wheel drive variant will come mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox. Skoda got the pricing wrong the first time but we hope it corrects it this time. Expect it to cost between Rs 15-19 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi).