Skoda unleashed its latest offering, the Yeti, on an icy outcrop at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.
The tall, boxy and compact off-roader is set to rival Toyota’s RAV-4, the Nissan Qashqai and the Suzuki Grand Vitara.
It’s attractive, with the tall, boxy exterior complemented by sloping headlamps, separate fog lamps and a chunkier version of Skoda’s trademark grille.
Inside the Skoda Yeti
On the inside, trim and controls looks smart yet functional, and there are three separate rear seats that slide back and forwards and can be removed altogether, just like those in the Skoda Roomster. With the seats removed, the Yeti boasts 1,760 litres of luggage space.
A range of engines and drivetrains will be offered, starting with a 1.2 TSI single turbocharger petrol unit that is only available with two-wheel drive. With an output of 104bhp, this is a new engine similar to the 1.4 found in the current Skoda Superb line-up.
Next up is the 1.8-litre 160bhp power plant from the existing Superb and Octavia, allied to a four-wheel drive transmission. Then there is a choice of three derivatives of the 2.0-litre common rail diesel engine, with either 110bhp, 140bhp or 170bhp, all mated to four-wheel drive only.
Skoda Yeti video
We don’t have an on-sale date for the Skoda Yeti yet, but it is expected in showrooms later this year, with prices possibly starting at around £12,000 for the entry-level petrol version. In the meantime, be sure to check out our full guide for video footage of the Yeti.