The joint venture of SAIC and Volkswagen unwrapped the locally-built Skoda Yeti at the 2013 Chengdu Motor Show, which opened on August 30. Compared with the current imported model, the show car has an extended wheelbase of 2638mm and a stance slightly longer and lower. Modifications in exterior styling are largely limited to two places–the front headlamps and grille, which have a design seen in the upcoming 2014 Skoda Yeti in Europe.
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At the debut in Chengdu the audience gets only a restricted view of the new compact SUV, as the car’s interior is concealed and what’s packed under the hood remains undisclosed. According to previous exposures, upon release the China-built Yeti will be powered by the same 1.8TSI engine as the imported, with a 1.4TSI likely to be added at a later stage. For gearbox, it is still unclear whether a 6DSG or a 6AT will be employed.
Skoda Yeti will be made in Shanghai Volkswagen’s factory in Yizheng, Jiangsu, where it will share the PQ25 platform with Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Santana and Polo. Release is scheduled before the end of this year.