Skoda unveiled its new compact SUV, the Yeti, at the Geneva show, with a choice of four-cylinder gas or diesel engines and all-wheel drive.

The adorably chunky Škoda Yeti made its debut at Geneva today. First seen as a concept in 1997, the Yeti is a compact yet efficient SUV that's the latest expansion for the brand, bringing its lineup to five vehicles and offering a challenge to vehicles like the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Kuga.

The Yeti is an interesting mix, with Land Rover-ish styling and running gear that's a clever mix of Octavia and Fabia chassis and a four-wheel drive system sourced from parent company Volkswagen. Smaller than VW's Tiguan with a 4.2 meter overall length, the Yeti is distinguished by Škoda hallmarks like the ribbed grille and hood contours. A hidden C-pillar gives the impression of wraparound glass at the rear and offers some distinction. Inside, there's a 1760-liter cargo area once the rear seats are removed,

A choice of petrol or diesel engines is offered, with a 77kW (102 hp) 1.2 liter FSI four-cylinder petrol engine starting the range as an economy leader in a front-wheel drive only model. A turbocharged 1.8 liter four raises the ante to 118kw (158 hp) and allows four-wheel drive. Three diesels are offered, all of them common-rail 2.0 liter units, in a choice of 81kW (109 hp), 103 kW (138 hp) and 125kW (168 hp) outputs. The Yeti is designed to be a capable off-roader as well.

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