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by Tim Beissmann

The 2011 Skoda Yeti has been unveiled at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne ahead of its local launch in October.

The quirky Yeti compact crossover has appeared at two motor shows in Australia in the past, although this time Skoda Australia has given us confirmation that the car will land in showrooms shortly.

The Skoda Yeti will be available in front- and all-wheel drive layouts.

The entry-level front-wheel drive will be priced from $28,690. It will be powered by a 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine with 77kW of power and 175Nm of torque. It will be teamed with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission.

The 4×4 model will start $7000 above the front-wheel drive model at $35,690. It will be powered by 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine with 103kW and 320Nm of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG.

Volkswagen Group fans will no doubt recognise these drivetrains. The 77TSI features in the Volkswagen Polo and Golf, while the 103TDI powers variants of the Golf, Jetta, Eos, Tiguan and the Skoda Octavia and Scout.

Skoda Australia has promised a class-leading five-star safety package comprising electronic stability control and seven airbags (dual front, side, curtain and driver’s knee).

Full pricing and specification details of the 2011 Skoda Yeti will be revealed closer to the vehicle’s Australian launch in October.




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