As a European auto giant with a strong presence in the North American market, there are some products that the Volkswagen group doesn't offer on this side of the pond. Like the entire Skoda and Seat brands, for example. With the exception of the Scirocco, there aren't many that we really feel like we're missing over here. That, and perhaps the Skoda Yeti.

Highly praised by a publication so performance-oriented as Evo (among many others), the Yeti is said to be an excellent little sport-ute, and a cost-effective one at that. And no, there are no plans we're aware of to bring it Stateside. But as if to rub salt in the wound of its absence from American showrooms, Volkswagen's Czech brand has announced a new version of the capable soft-roader in the UK.

Called the Skoda Yeti Urban, the special edition is based on the SE trim level but features a number of special touches and optional extras bundled in. Two-tone black and chrome 17-inch alloys, fog lights, flared fenders, and an interior with black or red sports seats and a whole mess of electronics are all part of the package, available with either a 1.2-liter TSI with 104 horsepower or (for a premium) a 108hp 2.0-liter TDI.

British buyers – or 750 of them, anyway – can also choose between black, white, silver or grey, but the Yeti Urban can be had only in front-wheel drive with a manual. Check it out in the high-res image gallery and the press release below the fold.
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NEW ŠKODA YETI URBAN: LIMITED-EDITION SUV TARGETS STYLE-SAVVY CUSTOMERS

- Featuring up to £2,450 worth of extra equipment at no extra cost
- Available in two-wheel-drive with manual transmission only
- Choice of two engines: 1.2-litre TSI 105PS and 2.0-litre TDI CR 110PS DPF
- Limited to 750 vehicles; UK only, available from April

Milton Keynes, 28 March 2012 - ŠKODA is launching a limited-edition version of its critically acclaimed Yeti compact SUV. Called the Yeti Urban, it is based on the already highly popular SE trim, but features up to £2,450 worth of extra equipment at no extra cost when compared to the SE.

The ŠKODA Yeti compact SUV has been a huge sale success since it was launched in 2009 - more than 8,800 have been registered in the UK.

It won 12 independent product awards along the way, and charmed UK car buyers with its on-road performance, family orientated practicality and rugged styling. This new model - restricted to just 750 cars - will extend that appeal to younger and more style-conscious UK buyers.

The Yeti Urban also sets a new benchmark for technology in ŠKODA cars. It's the first model to be sold in the UK with DAB digital radio as standard. Over and above SE trim, Yeti Urban includes Amundsen+ satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and a multi-function steering wheel to control the audio system and telephone.

Additional design features include stunning 17-inch black-and-chrome 'Matterhorn' alloys, wheel arch extensions, chrome side strips, silver door mirror caps, silver roof rails and stylish eye-catching roof stripes. Inside, customers have the choice of red or black sports seats and sunset glass in the rear.

The Yeti Urban is available in two-wheel-drive with manual transmission only, and comes with a choice of two engines. The petrol option is the frugal 1.2-litre TSI 105PS, which offers fuel economy of 44.1mpg (combined) and CO2 emissions of 149g/km. For diesel fans there's the popular 2.0-litre TDI CR 110PS DPF, which offers figures of 52.3mpg (combined) and CO2 emissions of 140g/km.

The car's exterior can be finished in one of four rich and vibrant colours, with no extra charges for metallic paint. The options are Black Magic pearl effect, Candy White, Brilliant Silver metallic and Steel Grey metallic.

ŠKODA retailers have a number of accessories on offer which include stainless steel pedals (£80), sports exhaust trim (£50), and Nextbase Click 9 Lite Duo portable DVD player with twin 9-inch screens (£315).

The ŠKODA Yeti Urban is on sale from the beginning of April 2012 priced at £16,900 OTR for the petrol model and £18,330 OTR for the diesel.

Yeti Urban standard features:

- 17-inch black-and-chrome Matterhorn alloy wheels
- Amundsen+ satellite navigation
- Bluetooth GSM II telephone preparation
- DAB Digital radio
- Chrome exterior side moulding strips
- Decorative interior insert
- Silver door mirror covers
- Multi-function steering wheel for radio and telephone
- Roof stripes
- Silver roof rails
- Sports seats - red or black
- Sunset glass
- Wheel arch extensions
- Metallic paint (FOC if selected)
- Acoustic rear parking sensors
- Cruise control
- Dual-Zone air conditioning
- Maxi-dot trip computer
- Fog lights
- Front centre armrest with storage compartment


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      hmmwv
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well it beat a Ferrari 308 on TG.
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've wanted a Yeti as my daily driver ever since I saw it on Top Gear. They seem perfect for anyone who is looking for a practical, utilitarian vehicle that can do just about anything you ask of it.
      Vinuuz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do we really need this one here? We have enough of cute utes already!
        Trace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vinuuz
        But this one could actually offer UTILITY without all the fluff. Of course they would have to re-engineer the seats to handle good old American derrieres. Actually, they may have to stiffen the frames to handle that.
          vc-10
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Trace
          Frames? It's a monocoque. But anyway, they're great little cars. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7kEJ-pHkWA Jeremy Clarkson likes them too.
      Yogi
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW will never allow Skoda to cannibalize their U.S sales regardless of how crappy the Tiguan is - period. This little pocket dynamite would sell like hot cakes especially in the 108 HP TDI option . make it AWD and it could be a top seller on the charts - easy !
      Tage Vedal
      • 2 Years Ago
      This IS a Tiguan...
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      This could be branded as a VW and drop the Tiguan. The Tiguan is a neat looking crossover, but it's basically a smaller looking Touareg in design. This would give VW dealers a completely different car for completely different market. It's also more "traditional" VW in terms of being utilitarian and not a luxury barge.
        Yogi
        • 2 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        Yeah right - sticking the VW decal would cost you an extra 2 grand and then some ! As for VW dropping the Tiguan , I completely agree . Its a junker and needs to be discontinued. I have a feeling they will since they still don't offer it with a TDI. Bring the YETI to the U.S !!!!
      MyerShift
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why oh why didn't VW try to sell their "lesser" brands here instead of cheapening the main brand in the U.S.? Cost of establishing brand?