Kia has introduced the Provo 'urban racer' concept at the Geneva Motor Show. The four-wheel-drive hatchback is expected to compete with the Mini and is based on a shortened Kia Rio platform. It has a length of 3.88m and a height of 1.35m and comes with a strictly 2+2 cabin layout. This concept is the creation of chief designer Gregory Guillaume and the rest of Kia's Frankfurt-based design team.
Guillaume reports to Hyundai-Kia design boss Peter Schreyer. The Provo is described by Guillaume to be a car that’s meant to suit European tastes and requirements. He added that this is an “emotional and muscular car” that’s targeted at offering “pure fun and performance for today's city-based enthusiast driver.”
The Provo features frameless doors, a wrap-around windscreen, prominent bumper inserts and a set of 19-inch milled aluminium wheels. Kia designers said that they took inspiration from the road car-based budget competition machines like the Fiat 500 Abarth, Alfa GT Junior and obscurities (including the Innocenti Mini De Tomaso). So that the cockpit feels roomier, the conventional centre console has been removed.
There is a neat aluminium mount installed to accommodate the transmission selector and starter button. In addition, the driver makes use of column-mounted paddle shifters. In addition, the instruments and climate controls are animated on LCD screens.
Kia's designers also looked at 1950s race cars as their inspiration. They used quilted leather covering across the seats and centre tunnel. The car's front wheels are powered by a 201bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine, which drives via a seven-speed DSG 'box. Meanwhile, a 44bhp electric motor drives the rear axle.