People have never tired of talking about that mythical creature who, with his white fur coat and sharp teeth, lives high up in icy mountains. Although they have never met him, people still speak with great conviction of their encounter with that peaceful inhabitant of the dizzying heights, who is said to have shown many a lost soul the route from the regions of eternal ice to the safety of the valley below. At Å koda Auto we are celebrating a new member of our model range, which has been given the name of that helpful snowman: The Å koda Yeti is launched. The choice of name truly has a deeper significance. The Å koda Yeti is strong, geared to move under difficult conditions and help its passengers along where others give up. But it has the edge on the original Yeti: Unlike him, it is also happy in warmer areas, finding its way not just in difficult terrain and off road, but with equal confidence and assurance on the road.
These were precisely the aims its designers had in mind during Å koda Yeti's development: The fifth model in the Å koda range would combine these virtues, which have so far been realised by cars in completely different segments, but not found together in one vehicle. That is, the handling and driving comfort of conventional mid-range vehicles, combined with brilliant off-road capabilities. That such a vehicle should also provide above-average space, high carrying capacity and a powerful towing capability has raised the stakes considerably.
The result marks a new chapter in the extremely diverse history of Å koda. Although in the past there were a number of off-road vehicles in the long-established Å koda brand, they never even remotely met the high demands of uncompromised suitability for driving on normal, public roads as well as off-road that Å koda Yeti does.
The first notable Å koda off-roader was a prototype of the Å koda Superb 3000 - Kfz 15 (type 956). From 1942 to 1943, it was built as a saloon with a 3.1 litre, in-line, six cylinder engine and four wheel drive. The type 973 off-road vehicle was produced from 1952 to 1956 and left its mark thanks to its off-road suitability, a wading depth of 600 millimetres, a climbing capability of 85 per cent and excellent handling on the road.
Yeti takes Å koda's experience of more than 100 years of car development, concentrating and honing it in a comfortable and powerful vehicle, setting new standards in the compact SUV segment. Å koda Yeti comes to market with five wide-opening doors, making access to the passenger compartment and luggage storing easy. In addition, permanent, intelligent, power-distributing four-wheel drive and ground clearance of 180 millimetres makes Å koda Yeti suitable for off-roading.
Å koda Yeti's overall length of 4,223 millimetres allows drivers to fit into even those parking spaces that are far from generous, while its width of 1,793 millimetres guarantees that the doors can be opened wide in tight spots. And if the terrain becomes rough and more challenging, the slim stature of the Å koda Yeti always finds a gap to get through. Dimensions are a height of 1,691 millimetres, unladen weight with driver of 1,520 kilograms (1.8 TSI 4x4) and a load of at least 545 kilograms, with flexible boot volume of 416 litres to 1,760 litres. A maximum trailer weight of 1,800 kilograms makes Å koda Yeti a safe and hardworking towing vehicle.
In the compact SUV segment, the Å koda Yeti encounters seasoned competitors, such as the Kia Sportage, the Hyundai Tucson, the Nissan Qashqai and Suzuki Grand Vitara. Å koda Yeti claims leadership in this very popular, but densely populated, class. Apart from its excellent off-road properties and handling characteristics in town, on country roads and motorways - which in no way lag behind those of the compact sector - the new Å koda possesses the youngest engine range in the segment. This ensures maximum fuel economy and the lowest possible emissions.
Å koda Yeti's developers believe the SUV class can only achieve lasting success with an environmentally sound and affordable engine strategy. Therefore, Å koda Yeti's engine range is based on Å koda's downsizing strategy, reducing capacity while at the same increasing performance, thanks to highly sophisticated forced induction. High torque at low engine speeds results from this innovative power unit development.
At the same time, consumption is lowered, easing the strain on Å koda Yeti drivers' wallets, and engine emissions drop, making a significant contribution to the reduction of CO2, NOX and HC. Å koda Yeti wants to be at home in nature and, therefore, not endanger it. For motorists who may not want permanent four-wheel drive, Å koda Auto also offers Yeti in front-wheel drive versions. The generous ground clearance of the new compact SUV still ensures better and safer progress on poor, rutted tracks.
Å KODA YETI SHOWS WHAT IT IS CAPABLE OF: THE DESIGN
Å koda Yeti wants to show what it is capable of. Its typical off-road design features mark it out as a self-confident and assured companion in everyday life as well as for special tasks. But the fifth Å koda model line nevertheless bears attributes typical of the brand and gives the new compact SUV a clear family identity, which was already apparent in the design study shown in 2005. Above all, this means the evocative rib-shaped grille with the distinct chrome surround and the Å koda logo centred above.
From the grille, feature lines run up the bonnet; loosening up the surface and finding their visual counterpart in the interior centre console. Large headlamps, fitted far up, provide Å koda Yeti with character, lending the front end a friendly look.
The side view is dominated by clear and serene lines, while the distinctly projecting wheel arches and wings confer on the compact SUV a unique character and the lower body protective panels are classic hallmarks of a vehicle with off-road capability. The black C pillars and roof rails as standard round off the robust shape.
The rear design is just as unfussy. The rear lights are C-shaped and the smooth, vertical tailgate opens easily and far upwards, so even tall drivers have no problems standing underneath it when it is raised. The tailgate window appears to wrap around the body encouraging the impression of a continuous window surface to the B pillar. This is a strong reminder of the visor optics that have become the key feature of the Å koda compact class. At the front and rear, underbody protection strips signal Å koda Yeti's off-road suitability, while front fog lamps enhance the front view.
The functional design of the 4,223 mm long and 1,793 mm wide body emanates lightness. Although the side view, with its prominent wings, 17" alloy wheels and 180 mm ground clearance give Å koda Yeti a robust look, it by no means appears cumbersome. The visual impression is confirmed by a look at the data. The minimum weight of the Å koda Yeti 1.8 TSI 4x4 with driver is 1,520 kilograms. The 103 kW (140 bhp) diesel-powered variant adds only 25 kg.
VERSATILE AND ATTRACTIVE: THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT
Intelligent packaging (the configuration of the passenger compartment and the arrangement of the individual units or components) has given Å koda Yeti an overall height of 1,691 mm and a wheelbase of 2,578 mm, resulting in very generous passenger space. These are ideal conditions for comfortable travelling. The high-quality atmosphere is also amplified by an excellent choice of materials. Easy-to-handle switches and buttons, covers and trim, which flatter the senses at every touch, are only some of the attributes which secure Å koda Yeti a lead in its class. Shapes and colours have been carefully matched with each other and the controls possess the typical Å koda design - the compact SUV reveals straight away to which clan it belongs.
The front seats have a long, supportive base good side support for effortless driving. The higher equipment versions include driver's lumbar support and electric seat adjustment. The steering is height- and reach-adjustable, so however tall or small Å koda Yeti drivers are, everyone can find a comfortable and, above all, safe place at the controls. The increased seat height provides increased visibility and yet still makes getting in and out very easy.
Rear seat passengers sit another two centimetres higher than their front seat companions. This creates a "platform effect": as in the cinema, you have an excellent view from the rear seats over the heads of driver and front passenger. Rear seat flexibility and comfort is increased by the VarioFlex seat concept. Thanks to the rear seat system, Å koda Yeti achieves interior variability so far unmatched in the compact SUV category. The three separate rear seats can be individually folded or removed, the outer seats can be moved lengthways and - with the middle seat removed - also sideways by 80 millimetres. This converts Å koda Yeti from a five to a four seater, but increases the rear seat room to executive class.
Thanks to this variable interior concept, Å koda Yeti can tackle the most demanding transport tasks. With the rear seats removed, its boot holds up to 1,760 litres of luggage. Standard equipment includes, among other things, a luggage cover, load lashing rings and nets to secure luggage - all a matter of course for Å koda cars. For the equipment level Active, with breakdown set the net programme is available as an option. In addition, there are a number of smart solutions which simply but effectively boost everyday comfort and safety. For instance, the fastening system in the boot with its moveable hooks saves time when loading and prevents luggage from moving around during the journey.
HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED, FRUGAL AND POWERFUL. TWO PETROL ENGINES AND THREE DIESEL
Å koda Yeti's engine range includes five four-cylinder units with a performance spectrum from 77 kW to 125 kW (105 bhp to 170 bhp). It includes two petrol and three diesel units, which all meet the EU5 requirements.
The basic version is the 1.2 litre TSI petrol engine, which is used for the first time in a Å koda. This completely new power unit delivers 77 kW (105 PS) and provides its maximum torque of 175 Nm between 1,500 and 3,500 rpm. Customers can choose between the manual six-speed gearbox or the innovative seven-speed DSG.
The second petrol engine in the Å koda Yeti range is the muscular 1.8 TSI four cylinder with 118 kW (160 bhp). It reaches its torque peak of 250 Nm at very low engine speeds. The greatest pulling power is supplied between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. Fuel consumption of this version, which is combined with permanent four-wheel drive, averages 8.0 litres per 100 kilometres (189 g/km CO2 emissions). This reduced consumption is due to measures such as a two-stage oil pump which, up to 3,500 rpm, works with a pressure of 1.8 bar and above that, if more oil is needed for lubrication, with 3.3 bar. An additional, second lambda sensor means improved exhaust quality, as the injection sequences and quantities can be controlled more precisely. Crankcase bearings, piston rings and further moveable engine components have been modified to reduce friction to optimum levels.
Also new for Å koda Yeti is the 2.0 TDI diesel range, available in three performance levels, all with direct common-rail injection and diesel particulate filter as standard. The basic version is the 81 kW (110 bhp) engine followed by 103 kW (140 bhp) unit. Maximum torque of 250 Nm and 320 Nm, respectively, is provided from 1,500 - 2,500 rpm and 1,750-2,500 rpm. Combined consumption for the 103 kW (140 bhp) version - with permanent four-wheel drive as standard - is 6.1 litres diesel per 100 kilometres, which means a CO2 emission of 159 g/km.
The top power unit of the diesel trio is the 125 kW (170 bhp) four cylinder with its burly torque of 350 Nm, reached between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. Combined consumption over 100 kilometres is just 6.1 litres (159 g/km CO2). Exhaust gas recirculation, which - depending on revolutions and engine load - returns up to 60 per cent of the burnt mixture to the intake air, and a catalytic converter guarantee low exhaust gas values. On all four-wheel drive engine versions, the six-speed manual gearbox is supplied, with only the 2.0 TDI CR DPF/81 kW paired with a five-speed gearbox.
1.2 TSI 77 kW/105 bhp (front-wheel drive) - 6-speed manual gearbox / 7-speed DSG
2.0 TDI CR DPF 81 kW/110 bhp (front-wheel drive) - 5-speed manual gearbox
The suspension set-up guarantees that Å koda Yeti is dynamic and fun to drive. Yeti is characterised by very agile handling with high safety reserves. An elaborate front axle design and a light-weight rear axle with good track stability make driver and passengers feel safe and provide outstanding ride comfort.
Yeti's running gear uses the Group module, which is also found in the Å koda Octavia and the Octavia Scout. The front suspension is McPherson strut, with wishbones. The multi-link rear axle has been modified compared with that of the Octavia. Its track is 30 mm wider and, in connection with a 23 mm diameter torsion stabiliser, clearly reduces body sway in cornering. This configuration is identical on both front-wheel drive and permanent four-wheel drive versions. The rear axle is mounted on a subframe, connected via four flexible mountings to the body, which damps acoustic transmissions and vibrations. Å koda Yeti's fuel tank holds 60 litres of fuel, allows a significant travelling range.
The basic Å koda Yeti runs on 16 inch wheels and 215/60 R16 tyres, providing perfect off-road running and good suspension comfort. Higher equipment levels have 17 inch alloy wheels and 225/50 R17 tyres as standard. Tyre dimensions were chosen to provide the highest possible ride comfort - good off-road traction as well as very good handling on normal roads. Å koda Yeti's ground clearance is equal to that of many large SUVs, thus contributing to excellent off-road capability.
Å KODA YETI - AT HOME ON AND OFF-ROAD
Thanks to ground clearance of 180mm and a four-wheel drive system that incorporates a fourth-generation Haldex clutch, Å koda Yeti ideal for those who want to venture off the beaten track.
Å koda Yeti's four-wheel drive system is based on the same technology introduced in the Octavia Estate 4x4 and the Superb 4x4 earlier this year. The electro-hydraulically controlled Haldex multi-disc clutch is located in the same housing on the rear axle as the final drive and the rear axle differential.
On dry roads, 96% of the engine's torque is delivered to the front wheels. However, if Å koda Yeti's electronic control unit and its army of sensors detects a difference in speed between the front and rear axles, the Haldex clutch can divert up to 90% 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 ESP systems (which also capture information on wheel speed, brake light switch and acceleration forces), and also the steering wheel turning sensor.
The Å koda Yeti's four-wheel drive system works in conjunction with both the ABS and ESP systems to ensure that safety and stability is maintained at all times. When the ESP system is engaged, control of the Haldex clutch is taken over by ABS/ESP control unit. When the ABS system is called into action, the Haldex clutch is decoupled.
To make the most of Å koda Yeti's four-wheel drive system, Å koda has added an off-road mode, which makes driving on loose surfaces easier and more secure. Press the dashboard-mounted off-road button and the ABS, TCS and EDL systems switch to a special off-road setting. Once engaged, the accelerator responds more sensitively when pulling away on loose surfaces, while the operating parameters for the pulling-away assistant and hill start assistant are widened.
The hill start assistant also helps out when descending steep slopes. Through gentle, automatic application of the brakes, the system maintains a constant speed, allowing the driver to concentrate fully on steering Å koda Yeti down the slope.
SAFE AND SECURE, WHEREVER YOU DARE TO DRIVE
Safety has been a key consideration throughout Å koda Yeti's design and development. Despite its comparatively low kerb weight, Yeti has been engineered to protect both its occupants and pedestrians.
The design of the body has been geared to meet the requirements of EuroNCAP crash tests, along with the many different safety standards in non-European markets. Thanks to the use of high strength steel which channels impact energy away from critical areas in a controlled manner, Å koda Yeti's passenger cell offers a strong survival space for passengers in the event of an accident.
Å koda Yeti also gives vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, high levels of protection in a collision. The front of the car has been designed to incorporate a safety zone between the bonnet and the hard components of the engine. This is designed to reduce the seriousness of the injuries in a head or thorax impact.
All Å koda Yeti models are equipped with ABS with Mechanical Brake Assist (MBA) and the engine torque control (MSR). ESP is included on all 4x4 versions while up to nine airbags (which includes a driver knee airbag and rear side air cushions) protect passengers in the event of an accident.
If any of the airbags are deployed, the fuel and power supply to the engine are automatically cut - reducing the risk of fire - while the central locking system opens the door locks and the interior light is turned on.
Å koda Yeti also provides comprehensive passenger protection in the event of a rear-end collision. Active front head restraints help to prevent whiplash to the driver and front passenger, while the brake lights flash to warn other drivers if an emergency stop is carried out at speeds above 40mph.
Isofix anchorages for child seats are fitted in the rear, and are available as an option for the front passenger seat. If a child seat is fitted to the front seat, the passenger airbag can be switched off. Finally, standard daytime running lights make Å koda Yeti even more visible to other road users.
EQUIPMENT: CREATING THE PERFECT YETI PACKAGE
In true Å koda fashion, Yeti comes equipped with a generous quota of standard equipment. All versions, badged Active, Ambition and Experience, feature a raft of creature comforts and essential safety equipment.
Active models feature as standard:
Driver and front passenger airbag
Off-road button / off-road driving assistant (4x4 only)
Park Assist is another option aimed at making urban life a little easier. Based on the award-winning system offered as an option on the Å koda Superb, Yeti's Park Assist feature goes one better by including a control unit that looks after forward movement. As a result, Å koda Yeti can be squeezed automatically into a space just 80cm longer than the car itself - an improvement of 40cm over the Superb.
Climatronic air conditioning with intelligent two-zone control is another feature designed to make life on board a more comfortable experience. It incorporates a sensor that monitors the exterior air quality - relaying data to the central control unit. If the quality of air drops below a certain level, for example in tunnel or when stuck in traffic, the air supply is automatically switched to circulation air until the outside air quality improves.
Other optional equipment for Å koda Yeti includes:
Rear side airbags