Skoda’s Yeti SUV line up is now an all-petrol affair, with the top-spec 4x4 Outdoor’s 2.0 turbo diesel engine making way for a 1.4-litre 110TSI turbo petrol unit taken from the Octavia mid-size sedan.
The change, necessitated by the unavailability of the oil burner in Australia, means a $1400 price reduction for the Outdoor to $32,990.
The 110kW turbocharged petrol engine is mated to a six-speed DSG automatic transmission, and has virtually the same power and efficiency as the diesel unit it replaces, sipping just 6.6 litres/100km.
The 1.4-litre 92TSI engine in the mid-spec Yeti Ambition is also gone, along with that model variant, as Skoda simplifies the Yeti range with the long-awaited (some say overdue) next generation model still at least a year away.
This leaves just three Yeti variants, the aforementioned 110TSI 4x4 Outdoor, and manual and automatic versions of the 2WD 81TSI – formerly known as the Yeti Active – which are powered by a 1.2-litre, 81kW four-pot turbo petrol engine
While the Outdoor benefits from a price reduction, the entry-level 81TSI manual has increased $1100 to $25,490, while the automatic’s price heads north by $2000 to $27,790.
All three variants come with a complimentary Navi Pack with satellite navigation, metallic or pearl effect paint, front parking sensors, privacy glass and front fog lights.
For the extra money the Outdoor has more standard equipment, including climate control air conditioning, chrome inner door handles and black sills as well as the four-paw drivetrain.
Outside it differs with hard-wearing black bumpers, 17-inch ‘Erebus’ black alloy wheels and silver roof rails.
The Skoda Yeti Outdoor 110TSI is available now at Skoda dealers.