IT’S a sad day because Skoda have killed off their Yeti.
Yes, the abominable snowman has been replaced by an Alaskan bear.
Before you think I’ve been on the Peronis a bit too early on this Sunday, this is genuinely Skoda’s new car name and this is the first teaser picture.
Their new SUV replacement for the Yeti will be called the Karoq.
It’s the baby brother of the Kodiaq and will arrive in the second half of this year priced around £16,000.
I loved the Yeti. It was a proper all-rounder, a 4×4 with nothing pretentious about it at all, it was the nemesis to the Chelsea Tractor brigade.
The Karoq is all the more grown-up and sensible compared to the Yeti that felt far more like a little scamp of a playful puppy biting at your ankles.
It’s also apparently a new Skoda naming structure where all SUV names begin in K and end in Q.
Maybe even a slight derivation and a small Skoda Kumquat on the way soon.
On the serious stuff, the compact SUV measures 4,382 mm in length, is 1,841 mm wide, and 1,605 mm high.
The luggage compartment has a capacity of 521 litres with the back seats in place. With the rear seats folded down, the volume increases to 1,630 litres. In combination with the optional VarioFlex rear seat, the boot space is variable and can hold between 479 and 588 litres.
The seats can also be completely removed – and the SUV becomes a van with a maximum loading capacity of 1,810 litres. It’ll get the usual huge suite of safety tech and latest engines.
Expect it to be another huge hit for the Czech firm.
They’re on a Karoq and roll…