The second generation of the popular compact SUV from the Czech brand will follow the regular approach of the VW group models – taking inspiration from the company’s new crossover flagship, the Kodiaq.
With the styling of the Kodiaq already expressing the transition to the future of the design language for the brand, the Yeti is expected to be fully inspired by the range-topping model when it arrives at dealerships in 2018. According to a recent interview with design boss Jozef Kaban, the styling for the Yeti has already been approved, adding that its current quirkiness will not be completely abandoned in favor of the more traditional lines displayed by the Kodiaq. The first outing of the model will be during the latter part of next year, and Kaban added “It’s no secret we didn’t build the Kodiaq in isolation, and there are aspects of that car that can look good in every segment. I’d say that the next Yeti will look up to its bigger brother.”
The ongoing Yeti is a long-running model, having been introduced back in 2009 and enjoying some very subtle refreshes throughout the years. Due to its age, the Yeti hasn’t boomed with the segment during the past two years, and holds about the quarter of the sales displayed by the top dog in the segment – the Nissan Qashqai. The new generation will most likely use the same VW Group MQB architecture as the Kodiaq, with numerous inherent advantages – such as economies of scale and access to the latest powertrains and technologies.