The compact Skoda Yeti SUV will be replaced in 2018 by an all-new model inspired by the recently revealed Kodiaq seven seater. Images, courtesy of Car Advice, show a prototype version of this VW Tiguan-based SUV being put through its paces before it’s officially shown to the public in 2017.
No official images have been released but our exclusive render, above, shows what this all-new off-roader will look like when it goes on sale in 2018. Read on for full details and images…
Skoda will base the new Yeti on the recently released VW Tiguan SUV. Images of the prototype suggest the roofline, door openings and side skirts will be almost identical to the German offering but a pair of new bumpers, a revised bootlid and new lights should help the new Yeti stand out.
The Kodiak’s angular grille and twin headlight arrangement could also make an appearance on this new five-seater. Its full-width air intake does appear to have been dropped in favour of a smaller opening in the Yeti’s front bumper, however.
These images show the prototype has been fitted with the same centre console and upper dashboard as the new Tiguan. The rest of the new car’s interior is expected to differ only subtly from that of VW’s latest SUV.
Not only will the Yeti borrow the Tiguan’s looks but it’s expected to make use of the same range of engines as its German cousin, too. A selection of turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engines – capable of returning fuel economy of as high as 50mpg – will be joined by a 2.0-litre petrol unit with 180hp. A frugal 1.0-litre petrol unit may also be made available – perfect for low-mileage drivers.
The new Yeti should be shown to the public at a motor show in 2017 before going on sale in early 2018. We expect it to cost slightly less than the Tiguan across the range – entry-level models could cost approximately £21,000 but top-spec versions could set you back more than £30,000.
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Skoda Yeti price, specs and release date (updated March 2016)
The second generation Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage rival is will get all new styling inside and out, and ride on a new platform. The new model will be closely related to the new SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan, which opens up the possibility of a hybrid model at a later date.
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New Skoda Yeti styling
In a departure from the current model, which is styled somewhere between a 4×4 and a small van, the new model will get a much more conventional crossover shape. This’ll see the waistline (the part between the side windows and the bodywork) raised for a more sporty appearance and the current vertical roofline replaced for a more rakish, sloping one.
At the front, expect angular LED headlights similar to those found on the Vision S concept to sit either side of the Skoda family chrome grille. A clamshell bonnet expected to appear on the Kodiaq should appear too, along with chunky SUV-inspired wheel arches to add some visual clout to the sides.
New Skoda Yeti interior
With dimensions similar to the Ateca, we’d expect the new Yeti to be more practical than the current model. Boot space should increase from 416 litres closer to the SEAT’s 510. It’ll be an impressive feat to top the current model’s enormous reserves of headroom, but a longer wheelbase should offer passengers more space for their legs, both front and rear.
New Skoda Yeti driving
The upcoming Yeti is predicted to make a huge leap forward from the car it replaces from behind the wheel, too. The new model will ride on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform that underpins models including the VW Golf, Skoda Superb and Audi TT. This means the new model should be more rigid, lighter and more refined than before.
Most models in the range will be front-wheel drive, but top-spec models will feature four-wheel drive. In addition to the standard manual gearbox, a dual-clutch automatic will be optionally available.
New Skoda Yeti engines
A selection of petrol and diesel engines taken from across the Volkswagen Group will power the new Yeti. Entry-level petrols will get a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 113hp and 148lb ft of torque. A more powerful 1.4-litre turbo will feature, both as a standalone unit and as part of a petrol/electric hybrid. This is expected to be the same system used to power the VW Passat GTE and should produce around 215hp yet return almost 150mpg.
More conventional diesels are likely to make up the bulk of Yeti sales. A 1.6-litre unit capable of around 66mpg will kick off the range, while two versions of a 2.0-litre unit – the most potent getting standard four-wheel drive – should make the Yeti an ideal tow car candidate.
New Skoda Yeti prices
The current Yeti starts from £17,000 and, considering the SEAT Ateca on which it’s based will cost around £18,000, we don’t expect the new model to vary greatly from the car it replaces.
New Skoda Yeti release date
Skoda is focussed on bringing the larger Kodiaq to market first so we’ll all have to wait a little longer for the new Yeti. We predict the car will be launched some time in early 2018.