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TMR Team | Mar, 04 2013 | 3 Comments

UPDATE: Technical details revealed.


Kia's new Provo hot hatch concept has surfaced online today, appearing just hours before its Geneva Motor Show unveiling.

Where the earlier Track'ster concept drew its inspiration from the existing Soul hatch, the Provo is an all-new design, potentially previewing a new production model.

Designed in Frankfurt by a team led by Kia's Europe styling boss Gregory Guillaume, the Provo reveals a futuristic evolution of the familiar styling language led by design boss Peter Schreyer.

The design of the Provo also features a new evolution of Schreyer's 'tiger nose' grille design, hidden behind a length of glass and leading into headlights containing more than 850 LEDs.

The Provo rolls on large 19-inch milled-alloy wheels fixed by single centre nuts and wrapped in 225/40 rubber.

Power for the Provo is provided by the same 1.6 litre turbocharged engine driving the new Pro_Cee'd GT, delivering 150kW to the front wheels.

Unlike the GT however, the Provo also features a "Smart-4WD-Hybrid" system, with an electric motor sending an extra 33kW to the rear wheels when needed. The motor can also allow low-speed electric-only driving.

It remains to be seen if the Provo will reach production, although a bid to tackle Nissan's top-selling Juke crossover could be on the cards for this new hatch.

If Kia moves to tackle the quirky Juke, expect the Provo's wheels to shrink and its ground clearance to grow, bringing it more in-line with the usual crossover style.

However, if Kia is looking to grow its performance credentials beyond the new Pro_Cee'd GT, the Provo could instead hang onto the big wheels and take on the likes of Citroen's DS3 Racing hot hatch.

For now, Kia says it has no specific production plans for the Provo.

Kia is also known to be planning more sports models, however. The Korean carmaker recently revealed the 152kW European-market Pro Cee'd GT, and a similarly powerful version of the upcoming Cerato Koup is expected.

Watch for more details on the Provo to land at this week's Geneva Motor Show.

 
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