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Kia Provo Coupe Headed For Production? (Video)
Kia has unveiled a vehicle at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show that might just be set to rival the MINI one!
The Provo coupe concept is a stylish model that delivers on every level. Don’t let the fact the Provo is a concept fool you, as Kia has made sure that every aspect of the design can easily be put into production id the concept proves to be a hit with the buying public.
The best way to describe the new sporty hatchback is the Rio’s sportier brother.
It would also be the perfect replacement for the Venga compact MPV, despite the fact they have different characteristics.
The Venga comes across as sensible and spacious, whereas the Provo exudes sportiness and style.
Kia Provo Coupe Presentation Video
One of the more unique aspects of the vehicle can be found in the LED clusters used in the front lights. The lights can be used in a traditional fashion or configured to different settings, which includes a representation of the Swiss flag.
A black strip across the front of the grille is used to separate the LED’s.
In the center you will find an orange accent that has the effect of narrowing the grille to give it more of a traditional Kia “tiger nose” look.
Kia Europe head of design Gregory Guillaume, explained that this may very well be the future of the tiger nose design.
Guillaume also spoke about how the C-Pillar linked both sides of the car through the roof, holding it together and making the car look strong.
The Provo 2-door coupe is almost like a mix between the MINI hatch and the 2-seater MINI coupe, with Kia describing it as a 2+2.
You could conceivably get passengers in the back seat, but it would be a tight squeeze. The Provo comes with a slightly shorter wheelbase than the Rio and has a wider track, both of which give it a sporty stance.
Guillaume said that they would likely use the same wheelbase as the Rio if the car went to production, but also admitted that it could be shorter.
The cabin has a clean, uncluttered design, with very few buttons and simple controls. The gearstick and handbrake lever are noticeably absent, and the infotainment system is controlled via touchscreen or rotating dial.
Advanced powertrain tech
The Provo coupe concept comes with a 4-wheel drive smart hybrid system under the hood. An electric motor and 1,6L turbo combine to deliver 246 horsepower overall.
It is highly unlikely that this particular powertrain will ever make it to production, with the likelier choice being one of the Rio’s petrol or diesel engines.
Kia Provo Release Date
The official word from Kia is that they are waiting to see how the public reacts to the Provo before deciding whether or not it will be green lit for production.
The feeling is, though, that this is a sure-fire hit, so look for production to begin in the next couple of years.