Published on 07 Mar 2013 by Dan Read
The face of the Kia Provo looks a bit like the front-end of the Dodge Challenger, and the name is an abbreviation of ‘provoke’, so there’s nothing subtle about Kia’s intentions with this car. The aggressive look continues along the side where the wheel arches bulge out like muscles on a bodybuilder, and the rear it looks like any number of modern hatchbacks that attempt to feel futuristic, like the Honda Civic.
The chunky crossover is meant to compete with the Nissan Juke, but at 53 inches tall it’s closer in size to hatchback cars. Without any performance figures or details on the car’s economy we can’t make a judgement as to where Kia sees the car fitting in to the market. The Kia Provo is just a concept at this stage but we hope it makes production. If not, the 204 hp hybrid powertrain might have to be pushed into a Cee’d! There’s a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which is a first for the Korean car maker, and a 1.6 litre Turbo GD1 engine, but we haven’t been given any other specs.
If you need more seats you might turn you attention to another car on Kia’s stand. The Kia Carens is a new people carrier that will be available with five or seven seats. It’s been designed from the ground-up and comes with a choice of four powertrains. This generation is shorter and narrower than previous models, but because there’s a longer wheelbase the cabin space is “generous”.
Kia’s stand is also displaying the Kia Rio Ecodynamics that does 88 miles to the gallon and there are two new look Cee’d on display: the Cee’d SW estate car and the sporty Kia Procee’d.