Although the Škoda Yeti was produced in only one generation, it left a rather significant mark in the history of the Mladá Boleslav car company.
Yeti is the brand’s first mass-produced SUV. In addition, it was a popular model, between 2009 and 2017, over 630,000 copies were sold.
The production Škoda Yeti was somewhat unusually preceded by a pair of concepts. The first was presented to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in 2005. The blue study followed on from the previous Roomster concept and developed certain parts of the intended design language of the Škoda brand. And since the responses were positive, the car company started developing a serial version.
Even before it was created, the Czech brand showed a second design vision. She also managed to do it in 2005, but this time she presented the car at the Frankfurt Motor Show, where she revealed an orange version with a removable part of the roof over the front seats and a folding canvas roof over the rear seats.
Both studies were also interesting with several unusual ideas that the Škoda designers were thinking about at the time. For example, the concepts had a single wiper that was hidden in the right-hand A-pillar, the fifth door was a two-piece, and the lower part, which folded flat with the floor, could be used as a bench seat. Furthermore, there was, for example, a cooled water tank in the center console, removable navigation and in the orange concept, the rear seats could be folded flat with the floor so that a flat loading area was created.
In 2009, the production version finally arrived. The design was clearly based on both concepts, but compared to them, the serial version was larger and more spacious. She shared the platform with Octavia.
The new Yeti was a success with customers, so Škoda thought whether it would be worthwhile to expand the offer to other body styles. This is how the pick-up was born, the existence of which the car company kept secret for many years. The Yeti with a body was created at the turn of 2012 and 2013, and its design is quite unusual. “The front part was essentially taken over from the production model, the rear platform, including the axle, suspension and suspension, came from the Volkswagen Caddy Max. Of course, the body panels in the rear were tailored by the designers for this design,” says Martin Kadlec from the Škoda Auto Test Body Development Center, who participated in the development.
The result was a pick-up equipped with a 125 kW 2.0 TDI engine with all-wheel drive and a significantly longer body. While the classic Yeti measured 4223 mm in length, the pick-up reached 4876 mm in length, with most of this increase thanks to the extended wheelbase – from 2578 mm to 3006 mm – and some to the extended rear overhang. The loading area was 1936 mm long and 1170 mm wide, the body depth was 625 mm. As practical as the result was, it ultimately did not see mass production.
Nevertheless, the Yeti was produced in one extended version. It arrived with the modernization of the model in 2013 and was intended exclusively for the Chinese market. Customers in China suffer from the longitudinal space in the back seats, as they often let themselves be driven in their cars, so the wheelbase here has been stretched to 2638 millimeters, which is 60 more than in the regular version. And speaking of special versions, the Yeti Xtreme concept presented in 2014 at the well-known GTI meeting at Lake Wörthersee is also worth mentioning.