We don't expect them to find much, but it should be an exciting trip.
Just after Halloween, the folks at Skoda UK will send an expedition in search of the mythical Yeti. The 15-member team will use a fleet of Skoda Yetis on the hunt for the Abominable Snowman. There are still no photos or videos definitively proving the creature’s existence, and we don’t have high hopes of this adventure changing that. However, the crew should have a fun time on their trip through Bhutan next month.
Alastair Humphreys, a former National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, will lead the journey. Part of the expedition will go through Bhutan’s Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, and local guides will help the team look for the Yeti. People have reported seeing the beast there in the past. “I’m pretty certain nowhere else on earth can claim to have a sanctuary for an apparently mythical creature, and that is a fascinating adventure to be part of,” Humphreys said about the trip.
The adventurers will use a fleet of Yetis in the Outdoor trim with all-wheel drive. The vehicles will also have the optional engine guard and underbody protectors. The extra armor should be a big help if the road gets rough or if the Abominable Snowman stages a sneak attack from below.
If the crew really wants to get off the beaten path on its search for the cryptozoological creature, the members should ask Skoda to build a few more examples of the Yeti Xtreme concept (above). The one-off had muscular fender flares and a height-adjustable suspension. Power came from Volkswagen Group’s 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 148 horsepower (110 kilowatts) and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton-meters) of torque. A six-speed DSG sent the output to the front and rear axles.
Skoda last seriously updated the Yeti with a refresh for the 2014 model year. The model gained things like a revised grille, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED running lights, an a tweaked taillight design. Spy shots already show a new generation under development that would possibly borrow a lot from the VW Tiguan.