Skoda is known for its obsession for quality and premium cars. Yeti is an international bestseller SUV by Skoda and with Indian automobile industry on a rise, its perfect time for Skoda to make their space in this segment in Indian markets.
Skoda Yeti Specifications
The heart of Skoda Yeti is a 2.0 Liter Diesel Engine. The TDI (Turbo Direct Injection, CRDI Engine) is mighty 140 BHP engine with 320Nm between 1750 to 2500 torque which is pretty muscular. Its a permanent 4 Wheel drive which is a must for a good off-roading SUV. Besides having a powerful engine, the overall fuel economy rating is impressive 16.7 KM/Liter of diesel, which is equivalent to a CO2 emission of 159g/km. It has a permanent 4 Wheel drive with 6 Speed manual transmission.
The suspension is designed to be robust as well as comforting. Skoda Yeti has a strong McPherson Strut suspension with Wishbones. The multi-link rear axle has a torsion stabilizer which helps in sharp turns with more safety. It has 17 inches diameter wheels for a strong grip and off-roading comfort. Its fuel tank capacity is 60 Liters which means you can go around 1000 KM with full tank.
It has an Intelligent 4-Wheel Drive system with sensors to detect the need to transfer more torque to the rear wheels. This is a great technology to boost the fuel economy. In normal road conditions, 96 % of the torque goes to the front wheels which reduces power transmission losses included to drive rear wheels when its not needed. When the sensors detect that there is a need to power the rear wheels, they can transmit up to 90% of the total torque to rear wheels which is very helpful in a rough off-road terrain. This system work in coordination with the ABS which makes the ride safe and smooth.
Skoda Yeti has been crash tested on EuroNCAP standard and has passed these tests with best possible rating which makes it one of the safest SUVs. It has up to 9 Airbags for the safety of passengers in case of an accident.
Skoda Yeti Features
- Driver and front passenger airbags
- Passenger airbag deactivation switch
- Side airbags as front / Curtain airbags / Driver knee airbags
- ABS with EBD
- Rake and reach adjustable steering wheel
- Daytime running lights
- Bottle holders in storage boxes
- Outside temperature display
- Folding central arm rest in rear with load-through opening
- Roof rails
- Central locking
- Height adjustable driver and front passenger seats
- Fog lamps
- Instrument panel brightness adjustment
- On-Board Computer / Dashboard with multifunctional display
- Folding table in middle rear seat backrest
- Fastening system for boot space
- Automatic climate control
- Electronically controlled and heated door mirrors
- Body color door mirrors and handles
- Side protection strips
- Chrome plated inner door handles
- off-road on/off mode
- 4 spoke leather steering wheel
- Dual-zone air conditioning with odour filter and automatic circulation
- Power Windows in front and rear
- 17 inch allow wheels
and lot more features. There are many optional features which one can go for which include GSM hands-free support with Bluetooth, Navigation Systems, heated front seats, Boreal wood decor, Power operated sun roof etc.
Skoda Yeti Looks And Design
Yeti is highly agile, compact, stylish and good looking car in SUV segment. Its a 4X4 with excellent off-roading capabilities because of its powerful engine, sturdy suspension, and large tyres. The Yeti by Skoda is designed to be low on fuel consumption and emissions which is very important considering the social need to more responsible towards global warming. Also Indian customers are more conscious of fuel economy compared to global car markets, which makes it an added value proposition for Skoda.
The styling of Skoda Yeti is pretty attractive and appeals a lot to all kind of buyers. The curves are smooth and attractive and the proportions of the car make it really compact and capable to easily maneuver well in congested city traffic.
Skoda Yeti Price
Skoda has not given any official information on pricing of Yeti in India as yet. The Yeti is expected to come out later this year and expected to be price very competitively compared to Honda CRV and Hyundai Tuscon. I have heard rumors of it being prices close to Rs. 12 Lakhs, but those rumors are just rumors, real price will be disclosed officially by Skoda near to its roll-out later in the year 2010.