Skoda India has plans of launching a facelifted Yeti SUV later this year. Accompanying the facelifted version of the SUV will be a new petrol variant. Thus far, the Yeti sold in India has been a diesel only model with the 2 liter TDI turbo diesel engine being sold in two states of tune, 110 Bhp-250 Nm and 140 Bhp-320 Nm.
A 6 speed manual gearbox has been standard on both these engine variants. The upcoming facelifted Yeti will get a 1.2 liter TSI turbo petrol engine option. The 1.2 liter TSI motor is already outfitted on the likes of the Volkswagen Polo hatchback and the Vento sedan sold in India.
The four cylinder engine outputs 103 Bhp-175 Nm and is known for its punchy yet frugal nature. The Skoda Yeti with the 1.2 liter TSI motor will be front wheel driven and a cut-price variant. Keeping its cut-price positioning in mind, Skoda India doesn’t seem to have plans of offering the 7 speed DQ200 dual clutch DSG automatic gearbox on the Yeti 1.2 TSI.
This DSG gearbox is already offered on mass market cars such as the Volkswagen Polo and the Vento. By choosing to eliminate the DSG gearbox on the 1.2 TSI version of the Yeti, Skoda India is choosing to play it safe as the DQ200 gearbox has proven to be unreliable in most parts of the tropical world.
The facelifted Yeti, which was showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, features a design refresh on the outside while minor changes have been effected on the inside. The facelifted SUV will be assembled at Skoda India’s Aurangabad through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route, as is the case currently.
The two turbo diesel engine options of the pre-facelifted Yeti are likely to be retained, along with the 5 speed and 6 speed manual gearbox options. While the more powerful 2 liter TDI diesel engine gets a 4X4 function as standard, the less powerful turbo diesel motor drives the front wheels of the Yeti.