The search is over, but the adventure is only just beginning. Yeti – the fifth and newest member of the ŠKODA family – is finally coming in from the cold. Combining all the rugged strengths of a traditional 4×4 with the practicality and running costs of a hatchback, Yeti is a true crossover vehicle.

Its mix of two and four-wheel drive, diesel and petrol engines, flexible seating arrangements, high driving position and bold styling mean that, unlike its legendary namesake, Yeti is as at home conquering the urban jungle as it is in the wilderness.

Yeti’s arrival has been timed to perfection. With motorists more conscious than ever of their impact on the environment and the cost of running a car, Yeti is the perfect option for those who want to minimise outgoings without compromising on style, safety and driveability. In other words, Yeti is the right car at the right time for thousands of motorists.

The Yeti will be a car that drivers will love to own. From the concept to reality, Yeti has been completely designed, detailed and engineered by ŠKODA Auto at the Design and Technical Centre in Mlada Boleslav.

Thanks to its sophisticated four-wheel-drive system, Yeti is incredibly capable off-road. It is able to climb, descend and cross rough terrain, while its additional ground clearance, high ride height and rugged looks make it a direct competitor to vehicles in the compact SUV market.

Design and Dimension

EXTERIOR

Strong, distinctive design has been a core ŠKODA value for the past 100 years. With Yeti, ŠKODA’s design team led by Head of Design, Jozef Kaban, has introduced a new dimension to ŠKODA’s design portfolio.

Thanks to its smooth lines, striking profile and unmistakable details, ŠKODA has created in Yeti a vehicle that offers a completely fresh approach to family motoring. Yeti strikes the perfect balance between off-road ruggedness and hatchback practicality. Bold yet approachable, Yeti’s exterior design imparts a feeling of solidity and safety without looking bulky or intimidating.

At the front, the chrome-framed grille and V-shaped bonnet creases clearly mark Yeti out as a member of the ŠKODA family, while the large, high-mounted headlights give the front end a powerful but friendly face.

The strong lines continue along the side where the large wheel arches, lower body protection strips and black A and C-pillars give the car a long, flowing profile.

At the rear, Yeti features a distinctive wraparound design that incorporates black C-pillars to create a continuous window surface to the B-pillars – elongating the rear passenger compartment. The tailgate is generously sized and, thanks to the car’s high ride height, even tall drivers will be able to stand underneath it when open. Completing Yeti’s design details
are high-mounted rear light clusters that display the familiar ‘C’ shape when lit, along with the bumper that incorporates additional reflectors and underfloor protection.

INTERIOR

The ‘best of both worlds’ approach that typifies Yeti’s exterior design is continued inside the vehicle. Engineered to make the most of the car’s exceptional interior space, Yeti’s cabin delivers all the qualities demanded by families on the move.

Thanks to high quality materials, intelligent ergonomics and outstanding equipment levels, Yeti has the perfect driving environment. Clever use of coloured trims and different surface textures give Yeti a bright, spacious feel that strikes the perfect balance between practicality and comfort.

The rear passenger compartment features ŠKODA’s innovative VarioFlex seating arrangement. The system allows the seats to be positioned in many different ways, folded up or removed completely. Passengers seated in the back are able to find the most comfortable position while maximising the load space in the boot of the car.

What’s more, those riding in the back have a great view out thanks to seat bases that are mounted 20mm higher than those in the front. A feature more commonly associated with high-end SUVs, the ‘platform’ seating also makes access to the rear seats even easier.

An optional stunning electrically operated panoramic sunroof brings additional light, air and feeling of space into the cabin.

VARIOFLEX

The variable layout of the rear seats have been designed solely by the ŠKODA engineering and design team. There are three separate seats with adjustable backrest inclination covering a range of 13.5 degrees. The outer seats can slide backwards and forwards; after the middle seat has been removed, the outer seats can be moved 80mm towards the centre, thus creating exceptional room for two rear passengers. The entire seat can be folded forward with the backrest folded down. Once the seats have been folded over and forwards in this way, they can be removed by a means of simple release function.

 

Length 4,223mm
Width 1,793mm
Height 1,691mm (incl. roof rails)
Wheelbase  2,578mm
Clearance 180mm
Tank capacity 60 litres
Boot Capacity 310-415 litres (depending on seat position)
1,665 litres (seat removed)

 

Yeti is perfectly sized for life on Australian roads. At just over 4.2 metres long, it’s big enough to hold a family on the move, yet easy to park and manoeuvre in tight spaces. It’s also a wide car – quality that pays dividends in terms of road presence and stability.

Yeti is based on a modified platform, the same structure that underpins the Octavia Scout 4×4.

Passengers have plenty of legroom and headroom and, thanks to the VarioFlex seating; those riding in the back are in control of their own comfort. The generously-sized boot can easily accommodate prams, bikes, shopping – and everything else a family on the move needs.

Engines and Transmissions

Yeti features the very latest in engine and transmission technology – offering an all–turbo powerplant line-up for the first time. Two engines are available – one petrol and one diesel – with outputs of 77kW and 103kW respectively.

Both variants are transversely mounted and drive through either a six-speed fully synchronised manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed DSG transmission with the 77TSI or six-speed DSG transmission paired with the 103TDI engine.

The 103TDI Yeti comes with an advanced four-wheel-drive system incorporating a fourth-generation Haldex clutch (for more information, see the Technology section). Peak power is reached at 4,200 rpm with the TDI engine producing up to 320 Newton-metres of torque between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. Offering one of the best combined fuel consumption figures in its class, the 103TDI Yeti uses an average of 6.2 l/100kms when paired with a manual transmission or 6.7 l/100kms for the DSG.

Complementing the diesel Yeti is the state-of-the-art petrol engine which features direct injection. The turbocharged 1.2-litre TSI engine develops 77kW and is available with a seven-speed DSG transmission or six-speed manual. Its combined fuel consumption is an impressive 6.6 litre per 100 kilometres for the manual and just 7 litres for the DSG.

The 77kWTSI engine produces a maximum of 175 newton metres of torque which is available between 1550 and 4100 rpm.

 

 

VALUE AND EQUIPMENT

Generous levels of standard equipment and low running costs combine to make Yeti a package that offers unrivalled value for money in the family car market.

All Yeti models are fitted with ŠKODA’s innovative VarioFlex rear seating system in addition to air conditioning, power steering, seven airbags including dual front, front side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags and central door locking.

Yeti 77TSI standard equipment highlights:

  • Nevis 16” alloy wheels
  • 16” steel spare wheel
  • Body coloured wing mirrors and door handles
  • Side indicators integrated into side mirrors
  • Black roof rails
  • Cruise control
  • Driver, passenger front, side and curtain airbags
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Power windows front and rear
  • Height adjustable halogen projector headlights
  • Height and reach-adjustable four-spoke multi-function leather steering wheel (with radio and phone controls)
  • Air conditioning
  • Cooled front passenger glove compartment
  • Swing radio with CD and MP3 player (eight speakers)
  • Remote central locking (with two keys)
  • VarioFlex rear seating system
  • Lashing eyes in boot
  • Luggage net restraint program

Yeti 103TDI standard equipment highlights:
(In addition to the equipment level of the Yeti 77TSI)

  • Spitzberg 17” alloy wheels (16” steel spare wheel)
  • Auto Lights (Coming Home/Leaving Home function, Tunnel light)
  • Front foglights
  • Chrome package (gearlever, gearlever frame, handbrake button)
  • Radio Bolero – 2 DIN with integrated CD changer (6 CD), can play MP3 recordings
  • Warning lights in front doors
  • Underbody protection
  • Dual-zone climate control air-conditioning
  • Auto rain-sensing windscreen wipers
  • Silver roof rails
  • Height-adjustable driver and passenger seat with lumbar support
  • Sunglass storage and storage compartment under passenger seat
  • Cooled and illuminated front passenger glove compartment in instrument panel
  • Lashing eyes and adjustable hooks in boot

Five-point walk around<

Yeti from the front

High positioned foglights (and daytime running lights) to protect against dirt and damage, improving visibility and safety of occupants
Progressive front crumple zones ensure optimal crumpling in an accident by absorbing as much energy as possible
19.0 degree approach angle allowing for greater freedom and accessibility whilst off-road
‘Yeti’ detailing on the front headlight

Yeti from the side

Wheels ranging from 16” alloy wheels featured on the 77TSI and 17” alloy wheels on the 103TSI model
Reinforced doors to help absorb energy from side impact
Black protective side running strips help protect Yeti from scuffs from other car doors
Integrated indicators in the door mirrors increase the visibility of your intended manoeuvre for other road users
Black (77TSI) or silver (103TDI) roof rails for fixing roof bars or roof boxes for additional storage

Yeti from the rear

Distinctive rear ‘C’ shaped light cluster, unique to ŠKODA
Progressive rear crumple zone, in case of collision
Up to 415 litre boot
Flexible luggage restraint system with movable hooks in the boot (103TDI)

Yeti inside rear

Added occupant security with curtain airbags
VarioFlex seating, providing over 20 different seating combinations
Raised seating for increased visibility from the rear
Fold down table on rear middle seat

Yeti inside front

Height and reach adjustable leather steering wheel
Driver and passenger, front, side and knee airbags
Air conditioning (77TSI) and dual-zone air-conditioning (103TDI) for increased driver and passenger comfort

Safety

Active safety
A range of features and measures on Yeti to prevent and avoid accidents include:
ESC
ESC (Electronic Stability Control) features a long list of electronic systems designed to stabilise the vehicle in critical handling situations, including ABS, EBD, ASR and Hill Hold Control. As an option with the 103TDI, the Yeti can feature ŠKODA’s advanced Off-road Technology Package (Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Assist, plus off-road modes for ABS, ASR and EDL).

Effective lighting
The new ŠKODA Yeti follows the golden rule; ‘see and be seen’. Yeti has an array of lights designed for safety; heightadjustable halogen headlights, third rear brake light and integrated indicators in door mirror housings, making it easier to see for other road users and warning reflectors/lights on all doors when open; all come as standard on both models. Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic angle control and integrated headlight washers are available as an option; front foglights (option 77TSI); cornering foglights (option 103TDI).

Disc brakes on all four wheels
Ensuring maximum braking power, state-of-the-art brakes have been fitted to the Yeti providing the car with the greatest opportunity to stop safely in the event of an emergency. Both Yeti’s feature a hydraulic dual-diagonal circuit braking system vacuum assisted with Dual Rate system. The front wheels have been fitted with ventilated disc brakes with single piston floating caliper, and disc brakes have been fitted to the rear wheels.

Speed dependent power steering
The variable-assist power steering provides the driver with a lighter steering feel when parking and driving at low speeds, whilst providing more feedback and resistance at higher speeds. This is critical for providing easy manoeuvrability and driving in a safe manner.

Increased visibility of surroundings
Yeti provides the driver with an increased view of the surrounding by using a raised seating position and large window areas. This increases the safety of the driver and occupants by providing a greater view, allowing the driver more time to avoid any potential obstructions, vehicles and pedestrians.

Passive safety

Yeti features a number of passive safety systems designed to lessen the risk of injury during an accident:

Body design
The use of high strength materials ensures high levels of chassis rigidity, particularly in the passenger compartment.

Progressive crumple zones
Front and rear crumple zones ensure optimal crumpling to absorb as much energy as possible on impact.

Additional interior protection
Areas within the interior where there is a high probability of body contact during a crash have been specifically designed with properties to provide maximum protection against injury (including dashboard, door panels and B-pillar).

Design of doors
The front doors have been designed with triple side stiffeners, and the rear doors with one stiffener. These increase rigidity and are capable of absorbing energy in the event of a side impact.

Airbags
Yeti is fitted with seven airbags as standard which includes dual front, front side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags.

Technology

Yeti has a number of innovative features designed to make life safer, easier and more enjoyable for owners.
These include optional systems and technologies premiered on the Superb – Park Assist and touch-screen displays – along with new features developed specifically for Yeti.

Yeti’s impressive off-road ability is achieved through a mixture of incredible new technologies such as the off-road functionality featuring Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Assist, plus off-road modes for ABS, ASR and EDL, joined by the fourth-generation Haldex clutch.

Fourth-generation Haldex clutch
On dry roads, 96 percent of the engine’s torque is delivered to the front wheels. However, if Yeti’s electronic control unit and its army of sensors detect a difference in speed between the front and rear axles, the Haldex clutch can divert up to 90 percent of the torque to the rear axle. Thanks to the fitment of a limited slip differential on the rear axle, drive is also distributed evenly from side to side, ensuring excellent grip and stability on all roads at all times.

The system relies on a network of sensors to deliver data to the central control unit. These devices constantly analyse information coming from the engine control unit (which contains data relating to revs and throttle pedal position), the ABS and ESC systems (which also capture information on wheel speed, brake light switch and acceleration forces), and also the steering wheel turning sensor.

Yeti’s four-wheel-drive system works in conjunction with both the ABS and ESC systems to ensure that safety and stability is maintained at all times. When the ESC system is engaged, control of the Haldex clutch is taken over by ABS/ESC control unit. When the ABS system is called into action, the Haldex clutch is decoupled.

The four-wheel drive in Yeti is controlled through the fourth generation Haldex clutch. The clutch reponds immediately depending on the driving situation and traction of each individual wheel.

When pulling away and accelerating, drive is directed from the rear axle
The highest torque is available during acceleration
When braking, no transfer of torque to the rear axle is required
Electronics disengage drive to the rear
Driving on slippery surfaces such as wet gravel and snowy roads, torque to the rear axle is engaged as needed
Instructions come from the ABS and ESC control unit recognising any wheel slippage
When driving at higher speeds, power is directed through the front axle
Electronics disengage drive to the rear
During parking, only limited torque is transferred to the rear axle, as and when required
During any ABS intervention the Haldex is completely disengaged
When ESC intervenes the Haldex is controlled by signals from the ABS and ESC control unit
If both front wheels slip on snow or ice, the Haldex clutch is activated and drive switches to the rear
If one wheel slips, EDL intervenes
Slipping wheel is braked
Torque is routed to other front wheel and to the rear axle
Distribution of torque in various driving situations – synergy between the Haldex clutch and braking systems (ABS, ASR, EDL).

Park Assist 2

Park Assist 2 is an option aimed at making urban life a little easier. It is the ideal system for when the driver needs to park quickly and accurately. Based on the award-winning system offered as an option on the Superb, Yeti’s Park Assist feature goes one better by including a control unit that looks after forward movement. As a result, Yeti can be squeezed automatically into a space just 80cm longer than the car itself.

The Park Assist 2 system uses a set of ultrasonic sensors to find the right sized parking space
The Yeti requires a space of approximately 5m in length; that is, the length of the car + 40cm at the front and rear.
Park Assist intervenes in steering, not only when reversing but also whilst moving forward, an improvement over Superb.
To operate, press the Park Assist button. Drive past spaces at up to 30km/h and Yeti will search for a space on the driver or passenger side as determined by the indicator
When a space is found, the Maxi-dot displays an arrow reversing into the space with an ‘R’.
Engage reverse. Remove hands from steering wheel. Driver controls speed and braking. Manoeuvre will be cancelled if the wheel is touched.
Rear parking sensors sound when the car is near the parked car. Maxi-dot instructs the driver to engage first gear. Drive forward and the system straightens the car.
The driver is responsible for the manoeuvre at all times. The manoeuvre is cancelled if the steering wheel is touched or the speed exceeds 5 km/h.

PRICING

Yeti 77TSI six-speed manual $26,290*
Yeti 77TSI seven-speed DSG $28,590*
Yeti 103TDI six-speed manual $35,690*
Yeti 103TDI six-speed DSG $37,990*
Options
Metallic /pearl effect paint $490
Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic angle control and integrated headlight washers $1490
Columbus Satellite navigation incl. 30GB hard drive and voice control $2890
(8 speakers) (Yeti 4×4 103TDI)
Panoramic roof $1990
Front foglights (Yeti 77TSI) $340
Front foglights with ‘corner’ function (Yeti 4×4 103TDI) $240
Privacy glass for B pillar $250
Alarm system $540
Rear parking sensors $640
Front and rear parking sensors $990
Park Assist 2 $1390
Coloured roof $390
Leather / artificial leather (Yeti 4×4 103TDI) $2830
Off road technology (Yeti 4×4 103TDI) $290
Heated front seats (Yeti 4×4 103TDI) $290
Sound system (Yeti 4×4 103TDI) $790

* Prices quoted are Manufacturer List Prices excluding dealer delivery charges, which may vary from dealer to dealer and statutory charges, which vary from state to state.

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