Škoda Yeti was the first of its kind SUV launched by the Czech car brand Škoda, in the year 2009. It led a whole line up of launches in this particular segment with new and improved models of Škoda SUVs. The launch of Yeti was much anticipated and was a long time coming since the car manufacturer exhibited two of its SUV concept cars at the 2005 motor shows in Geneva and Frankfurt. Car enthusiasts, international trade fair visitors and car experts received this display with much excitement as it was the first project that Škoda had delved into the SUV range of vehicles. It was on the fated day of March 5, 2009 that the company finally quenched everyone’s thirst and revealed the YETI. This SUV flaunted an exceptional design, with a multifunctional interior that was made to provide the utmost comfort to its passengers and independently adjustable VarioFlex rear sets which could either be attuned separately or detached entirely.
The SUV built on the company’s go to principle of “Simply Clever” was the perfect execution of said motto with its minute details as well as its unmatched structure and design. The Yeti was built around the Octavia platform and was the second modern gen vehicle in its outdoor Scout version. Škoda also added the 4×4 all-wheel drive with visco clutch to its basic configuration of 4×2 front wheel drive. It was also fitted with two very powerful engines. For the 4×2 version, it has a 105 hp (77 kW) four cylinder petrol engine 1.2 TSI according to the downsizing concept; while for the 4×4 version, a 2.0 litre turbo diesel direct injection engine with 110 hp (81 kW) was used to run it. For customers who wanted even more power in their engines, Yeti also had options for being equipped with either a 140 hp engine or a 175 hp engine.
The Yeti with its dimensions of 4,224 mm length, 1,793 mm width and 1,691 mm height offered a wider and more comfortable seating space along with a higher positioning which made it easier to move around or enter and exit the vehicle. EuroNCAP, the ultimate crash test graded the Yeti with a five star rating, establishing it as a premier vehicle in occupant safety. 2011 was a special year for the Škoda Yeti; it not only manufactured its 100,000th model but was also featured in the BBC programme Top Gear where its presenter Jeremy Clarkson hailed the SUV as “possibly the best car in the world” after successfully landing a helicopter on the car’s roof while it was still moving. In the coming years, the Yeti’s model was upgraded and its engine expanded. It completed a total of 500,000 manufactures in the year 2015 and was built in several countries round the globe. The SUV saw its final days of production in 2018 after a total of 683603 had been manufactured and sold off. Yeti’s legacy is kept alive by its successors, and it still remains a worthy bearer of the name Škoda.
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