Škoda has begun assembling the new Yeti crossover. The first units rolled off the production line on the 12th May. UK dealers will starting delivering their first Yetis in September.

The first Škoda Yeti rolled off the production line on 12th May. The Yeti is the fifth model in the current Škoda lineup. Before that a number of final pre-production tests were undertaken in and around the city of Oslo in Norway. This area was chosen because it offers a good variety of different roads and also diverse weather conditions.

Road conditions experienced by the testing team include steep hills - where the downhill assistant function was put through its paces - and forest roads. Key systems that were tested during these runs include the ventilation and air conditioning performance as well as the driving stability system.

Tested were the 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI 4x4 models which use the fourth-generation Haldex clutch system. Other engines in the range include a 1.2 TSI with 77kW (103bhp) and a 2.0 TDI with 81kW (109bhp). The Yeti has a ground clearance of 180mm which should come in handy in mild off-road excursions. Standard wheels are 17 inches wide.

Škoda says the 4.2m-long crossover is quite spacious and offers a flexible luggage compartment whose volume can be increased up to 1760 litres using its VarioFlex rear seat system.

The first UK deliveries of the Yeti will begin this September.


Gallery: Skoda Yeti Production Commences