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A station wagon produced by Škoda beginning in 2009.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Škoda Yeti page on 26 July 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Škoda Yeti (codenamed Typ 5L) is a compact SUV designed and built by the Czech car manufacturer Škoda Auto. It was introduced at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show in March, as the carmaker's first entry into the popular SUV market. In 2009, the Yeti was awarded Family Car of the Year by Top Gear Magazine.

At the Geneva Motor Show in 2005, Škoda unveiled a concept car in the compact SUV category which it called the Yeti. Although the conceptual study of the Yeti was taken seriously with a view to the feasibility of a future series-produced vehicle, some of the solutions were ahead of their time and did not make it to the production stage, i.e. a single vertical windscreen wiper moving horizontally across the whole of the glass or horizontally divided hatch, the lower part of which was split into an inner and outer section so that two bicycles could safely be secured to the lowered outer section.

4 years later Škoda premiered production version of the Yeti at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. The car featured similar practical boxy design as the design study. Despite compact dimensions (length: 4,223 mm / 166.26 in; width: 1,793 mm / 70.60 in; wheelbase: 2,579 mm / 101.54 in), the Yeti offered spacious interior. Utilisation of interior was enhanced by the VarioFlex – the variable layout of the rear seats. This feature was taken from the Roomster.

Facelift

A revamped version of the Yeti had its official exhibition premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September 2013. Since the facelift, Škoda's compact SUV is available in two design versions shorter by just 1 mm in comparison to the original model: sleek Yeti and rugged Yeti Outdoor. Main difference can be found in shape of front/rear bumper; the Outdoor version has parts exposed to potential damage from terrain (lower parts of bumpers, sills) finished in black, while the ‘urban‘ Yeti has them painted in body colour. They vary also in the offer of wheel designs and upholstery. Both versions can be ordered in top-of-the-range trim Laurin & Klement, the ‘urban‘ Yeti also in ‘Monte Carlo‘ sports-design version.

The technology used has also been updated. Four-wheel drive is powered by the 5th-generation Haldex electro-hydraulically controlled multi-plate coupling located at the rear axle in the same housing as the final drive and rear differential. The operating principle is much the same as the fourth generation used in the pre-facelift previous model. There has been a technical change in the way oil pressure is regulated in the clutch, i.e. FWD switching. Oil pressure on the clutch plates is now regulated by a centrifugal valve integrated in the electric axial six-piston oil pump. Compared to the previous generation, the Haldex 5 system is 1.4 kg lighter (ca. 6.6 kg without oil) and simpler as it does not contain an oil pressure accumulator.


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2 May 2013Skoda Yeti tops Driver Power car satisfaction survey Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey


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