Skoda's utilitarian crossover gets a touch of luxury in the name of the company's founders.
Skoda may be known as "the poor man's Audi", offering the same European engineering at far more accessible prices. But that doesn't mean Skoda doesn't know how to amp up the luxury a notch or two. That's what the Laurin & Klement editions come in. Skoda, you see, was founded by two guys named Vaclav. (It's a Czech company, what can you do.) These days their last names are used to connote the most luxurious models their company offers.
The treatment has previously been applied to the Octavia and Superb sedans, but Skoda has just announced a new Laurin & Klement edition of the Yeti. For those unfamiliar, the Yeti is a compact crossover that shares its platform with the Volkswagen Tiguan and Audi Q3. It has very simple styling, but has won high praise from European automotive journalists, painting a picture of a vehicle we wish was available in North America. The Laurin & Klement edition upgrades the Yeti with special 17-inch alloys, silver roof rails, bi-xenon headlamps and an interior with leather seats, gloss black trim and aluminum pedals, along with the requisite special badging.