Skoda Yeti Makes Its Debut at Geneva

The long-discussed SUV designed by the Czech automaker Skoda was unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show. The 4.2-meter long, five-door vehicle is said to incorporate the "well-known features of the brand", as Skoda explained in a statement for the press, with the large grille, the big headlights and the 17-inch wheels the first things you'll notice when looking at the car.

The Yeti range includes a total of five engines, two gasoline and three diesel, producing between 103 and 167 horsepower (77 and 125 kW respectively). The 1.2-liter TSI with front-wheel drive is the smallest displacement-engine in the lineup, followed by the 2.0-liter TDI CR DPF unit that comes with either front wheel drive or 4x4. The top of the range engine is the 2.0-liter TDI CR DPF all-wheel drive that produces 167 horsepower (125 kW).

Other highlights include a large luggage volume, around 1760 liters, as well as very low emission and fuel consumption figures. However, the automaker hasn't provided any numbers showing the two outputs.

"The Yeti is a clever response by Škoda Auto to the increasingly important ecological issues in the popular and growing SUV class. Škoda has met the demands for a cleanly styled body, a high seat position and versatile operating options with a design, which despite its robustness, exudes lightness rather than bulky shapes," Skoda said in a statement for the press.

The Yeti also meets the needs for environmental care, luggage space, safety and great road holding," it added, emphasizing the fact that Yeti incorporates most of the attributes currently required by recession-hit market.
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