Kia has unveiled the Provo, a Rio-based concept inspired by road car-based budget competition cars from Fiat, Alfa and Innocenti

This is the Kia Provo, a Mini-rivalling 'urban racer' concept revealed at the Geneva motor show.

Based on a shortened Kia Rio platform, the four-wheel-drive hatchback is just 3.88m long and 1.35m tall and has a strictly 2+2 cabin layout. It was created by Kia's Frankfurt-based design team, led by chief designer Gregory Guillaume, who reports to Hyundai-Kia design supremo Peter Schreyer.

Guillaume describes the Provo as "entirely a car for European tastes and conditions - an emotional and muscular car aimed at delivering pure fun and performance for today's city-based enthusiast driver".

The Provo has frameless doors, a wrap-around windscreen, dramatic bumper inserts and 19-inch milled aluminium wheels.

Kia designers say they were inspired by road car-based budget competition machines such as the Fiat 500 Abarth, Alfa GT Junior and obscurities such as the Innocenti Mini De Tomaso.

The interior dispenses with a conventional centre console to make the enclosed cockpit feel more spacious. A neat aluminium mount holds the transmission selector and starter button, and the driver uses column-mounted paddle shifters. The instruments and climate controls are animated on LCD screens.

Kia's designers have also taken inspiration from 1950s race cars, using a quilted leather covering across the seats and centre tunnel.

Powering the car's front wheels is a 201bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine, which drives through a seven-speed DSG 'box. The rear axle is driven by a 44bhp electric motor.

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4 March 2013

Why else would you paint a car hearing aid brown? What an odd choice for an otherwise attention grabbing concept?

4 March 2013

Well KIA are obviously getting there name about now and they seem to have come along way since there UK launch and they are pretty much a house hold name butif they launch this car I hope to god they get a better colour scheme I'm mean beige for god sake seriously they could not of picked a more boring and ugly colour I mean its a sports concept but unless your in your late 70s who would find that colour appealing unless its a nifty trick to get the older genaration to stop doing 25 mph every where and if so I all for the idea 

But seriously it does look very pretty 

4 March 2013

However being ugly does not seem to inhibit sales as witness the Nissan Juke and just about any SUV for that matter. However the really depressing thing about this design is the evident lack of either headroom or legroom in the rear. It is as if nothing has been learned from the inadequacies of the Mini in this respect, indeed the latter may have more headroom.

4 March 2013

Flatus senex wrote:

However being ugly does not seem to inhibit sales as witness the Nissan Juke and just about any SUV for that matter. However the really depressing thing about this design is the evident lack of either headroom or legroom in the rear. It is as if nothing has been learned from the inadequacies of the Mini in this respect, indeed the latter may have more headroom.

 

It is a 2+2 ( that means two humans and 2 small dogs!! The mini has never described itseolf like this from the beginning more as a 4 dorr squashmobile.

 

As for the colour - it works perfectly under the specific lighting in the show with the flame orange  "pulling" the "hearing aid brown" (nice one squirrel) - I really do doubt they would launch it quite so dull. I want to see the price and the 7 year warrenty - THAT is for me

what's life without imagination

JTY

4 March 2013

Yep it's ugly with big wheels.

4 March 2013

I really like that, I can see it ending up as a DS3-esque type of car. I love that twin front seat too, but that will be probably never see production. Just a shame they didn't manage to hoover the front mats..


4 March 2013

I hear Hyundai will be launching it's rival Al Qaeda model soon...

4 March 2013

BadgerChap wrote:

I hear Hyundai will be launching it's rival Al Qaeda model soon...

 

You mean it is a blowup self destruct fan belt ...lol

 

Actually I love the Kia shown here - makes the mini look as bloated as it really is. I would certainly look at one of these as retirement finally looms..

 

 

what's life without imagination

4 March 2013

I like this, its my sought of car - its not pretty but it certainly has a certain amount of presence and is well proportioned.  I didn't even notice the colour until reading the comments...

I like the interior too, but it looks as though the front seats are fixed together... So what happens should the other half be driving and shunts the seats forward - that'd leave me with an option of crushed legs or sitting in the back - not ideal.

4 March 2013

Change the name for goodness sakes!

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