Kia Provo wants to be the Korean Mini

If Kia’s Provo hybrid concept car ever makes it to production it will be pitched into the premium small car fight against the likes of the Fiat 500 and Mini.


To be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the Kia Provo features more aggressive flamboyant styling than the rest of the already good looking small Kia lineup. Up front there’s the latest iteration of the “tiger nose” grille, a carbon fibre chin, and a combination headlamp, turn signal and driving light setup consisting of 850 programmable LEDs.

Under the hood there’s a 150kW turbocharged 1.6-litre direct injection engine taken straight from the Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Kia Cee’d/Procee’d GT. This engine powers the front wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. This time, however, there’s a 33kW electric motor under the boot floor proving power to the rear wheels as well. This motor can provide a slight power boost, part-time four-wheel drive or at low speeds completely power the vehicle.

Inside the car features a quilted leather seats, a large LCD instrument cluster that can, at the push of a button, display primarily sat nav or entertainment functions instead, and LED ambient lighting.

Dimensions

Length: 3,880mm (Mini: 3,729mm)
Width: 1,770mm (Mini: 1,684mm)
Height: 1,350mm (Mini: 1,407mm)
Wheelbase: 2,530mm (Mini: 2,466mm)

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]