Kia releases the official details and pictures of the new Provo concept at the Geneva Motor Show. This interesting design study hints at potential future B-segment vehicle, and it’s a fully-functional concept car power by a GDi engine and Kia’s first ever seven-speed DCT transmission.
The four cylinder turbocharged 1.6-litre GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine is rated at 204 PS in this car, which is enough to match the muscular exterior design. It also features a regenerative-powered electric motor driving the rear wheels either automatically when required during cornering and in strong acceleration.
It adds up to 45 PS to the output, and also enables a zero-emission ‘creep-mode’ electric drive. The use of a DCT dual-clutch transmission not only enhances the performance of the car, it also allowed the designer to get rid of the floor-mounted gear-shift and use paddles behind the steering wheel, thus resulting in the Provo’s cool interior design.
Like the new Ferrari hyper car, the Provo’s seats are fixed and it’s the pedals and steering column that move around for perfect driving position. The plush cabin features diamond-cut lack leather all over, garnished with orange stitching and polished aluminium footrests and pedals. It also has tiny red LEDs set in the multi-layered doors, in the air vents and also in the roof to give a low-glow ambient illumination.
Kia has no production plans for the Provo, at least not with this design, but it could spawn a hot hatchback in the near future.