Skoda Auto and Shanghai-Volkswagen jointly announced on Dec. 10 that the Chinese-built Yeti compact SUV will be launched in 2013. It will be the fourth Skoda model to roll out of Volkswagen’s Shanghai factory, following Octavia, Fabia and Superb.
With a 2578mm wheelbase, Yeti shares the PQ35 platform with VW Tiguan, Skoda Superb, and VW Golf –all currently built in China. It is about 200mm shorter in body length than Tiguan, which has been a best seller here since its release by Shanghai-VW early this year. Some have speculated that when made in China, Yeti will get an extended wheelbase to create more interior space.
Likely engine options include the 1.4TSI, 1.8TSI, and 2.0TSI, familiar choices for Shanghai-VW’s existing lineup. The 1.2TSI, however, cannot be ruled out. As Winfried Vahland (Chairman of Skoda and VW China) has recently confirmed, the smaller "twincharged" engine has a plan to be locally made too in a couple of years.
While the first locally made Skoda car, an Octavia, was released only three years ago, in June 2007, China has already become the largest market for the Czech automaker around the globe, with sales reaching 152,764 units in the first ten months this year.