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We saw Skoda launch a new Octavia and Superb at the Melbourne Motorshow and now the East European company is unveiling an all-new compact SUV, called, uh… Yeti.

We’ve heard the name for some time, Yeti was first shown to the world all the way back in 2005. The Yeti will be available in both FWD and AWD variants, however Skoda believes most buyers (estimated to be about 50,000 a year) will pick the AWD model.


The Yeti measure 4.2m in length and rides on 17in alloy wheels. We believe it’s based on the same floorplan as the Roomster, albeit with much tougher capabilities for some off-roading.


Being a Volkswagen company, Skoda will be able to make use of an list of VW engines to power the Yeti. So far two petrol and three diesel engines are on the menu.


They start at the very bottom with a 1.2-litre  (77kW) driving the front wheels. It can get by using just 4.4L of fuel per 100km. Other options include the 1.8-litre (118kW) petrol. Diesel power is taken care of by three choices.


A brand-new 1.6 TDI CR engine with 77 kW plus other engines taken from VW. When needed, it can carry up to 1,760L of storage or alternatively seat five adults.

Other Skodas on display include the Fabia Scout and the S2000 Fabia rally car.