Europe - Skoda Yeti facelift leaks out, revealing a softer front

14/08/2013 - 01:24 | ,  ,   | Shrawan Raja

The Yeti is next in line to return to Skoda's design studio to align itself with the Czech brand's new design dialect. A few press photographs of the facelift have emerged online today signifying an imminent soft launch.

Skoda Yeti facelift
Headlamps and grille follow guidelines set by the VisionD design study. Foglights take a conventional position on the fascia.

Skoda Yeti Sochi Edition
Currently selling Skoda Yeti's frontal shot added for comparison purpose.

The new design gives the Yeti a crisp front-end made of simple lines. Gone is large foglight and chunky front-end that struck a good compromise between family car looks and a rugged off-roader. In its place comes a sculpted fascia that wears the same look as the Octavia and Rapid.

The winged arrow emblem is pushed upward on to the bonnet and its U-Shaped lower bumper is replaced by a more straightforward mesh design, one that we've warmed up to seeing recent Skodas. Redesigned foglights take their conventional position.

Skoda Yeti facelift rear
A triangular indent on the hatch and the updated C-Shaped taillight graphic are noteworthy changes.

Skoda Yeti Sochi Edition rear
Rear of the current Skoda Yeti included for your reference.

Another signature Skoda design touch is observed as you walk to the rear - the triangular impression on the bootlid that we first saw on the Rapid. The C-Shaped graphic on the taillight is updated with LED units. Other minor updates observed are body colored bumpers (instead of the black diffuser-effect lower bumper on the outgoing car) and slimmer reflector units.

The interior is the same but for a new steering wheel. Skoda is reported to have developed a self-parking program which we don't have any details on today.

Skoda Yeti facelift interior
Interior is same but for the new steering wheel and chocolate brown upholstery.

The current engine range of the Yeti would be retained - displacing between 1.2-lites to 2.0-liters - paired to a combination of all-wheel drive and DSG gearbox.

We're bound to receive more details about the Skoda Yeti facelift in the days to follow now that a few images have leaked. Its very likely that this model will premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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