Skoda India showcased the facelifted Yeti at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The Czech automaker owned by the Volkswagen group will launch the facelifted version of the Yeti in July 2014. The facelifted Yeti gets a revamp on the outside in the form of a revised front end that gets LED Daytime running lamps, new headlamps, grille and bumper.
The rear of the crossover also sees a minor makeover with new tail lamps being the most prominent changes. Alloy wheels see a new design too. On the inside, Skoda has given the Yeti a new steering wheel. This is pretty much the biggest change on the facelifted Yeti when it comes to its interiors.
Although the Yeti Facelift is available in Outdoor and Style models in international markets, Skoda will sell only the Outdoor variant of the facelifted Yeti in India. The compact SUV will continue to use the 2 liter TDI turbo diesel engine in 110 Bhp-250 Nm and 140 Bhp-320 Nm states of tune, along with a 6 speed manual gearbox.
The top end diesel version of the Yeti gets a four wheel drive system and a Haldex clutch. Hill Hold Assist and Hill Descent Control are two other off road friendly features that are available on the Yeti. The top end variant of the SUV is loaded to the gills with safety equipment.
6 airbags, ABS+EBD, traction control, electronic stability program, electronic differential lock and anti-slip regulation are the various safety aids on the Yeti. The compact SUV also gets the Parktronic feature as an optional extra while the tyre pressure monitoring system comes standard.
While some reports have suggested that the Yeti Facelift could gain a 1.2 liter TSI petrol engine, Skoda India has remained mum on the turbo petrol option for the revised Yeti. The same is the case with a 6 speed dual clutch DSG automatic gearbox as well, another change that the Yeti could do well with, especially considering the compact SUV’s price and positioning. In terms of pricing, the facelifted Yeti could be similarly priced to the outgoing model if the DSG automatic gearbox is not added to the equation.