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Funky Kia Provo Concept arrives ahead of Geneva 2013

Sat, 02 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0800

The Kia Provo Concept is heading to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and looks to be half butch urban warrior and half coupe.

With the 2013 Geneva Motor Show looming we’re going to see plenty of reveals and leaks of new cars,┬áconcept┬ácars and refreshed cars.

Kia’s offering today comes in the ‘Concept’ category, but we hope it ends up in the ‘New Car’ category before long. We’re big fans of the funky urban runaround – started by the Nissan Juke – which manages to combine the rugged looks of an SUV with the compact size and economy of a city car – with ‘Ugly is the new appealing’ looks thrown in for good measure.

We don’t have anything official from Kia yet on the Provo Concept, but there’s little doubt the Provo is the Urban Compact SUV Kia trailed back in January for a Geneva reveal.

At the time we said the Urban Compact looked like Kia’s take on the Juke with it statement nose, coupe roofline, big alloys and bulging wheel arches, and the Provo Concept illustrates that more clearly with its statement silver paint job with orange roof and detail.

Kia Provo Pictures

Inside conspires to look retro and modern at the same time, with a lot of clean lines, minimal switchgear, quilted upholstery running from the seats across the centre console and an Alcantara, flat-bottomed steering wheel.

We have no idea yet what Kia has planned for under the bonnet, but with any luck – aside from the usual petrol and diesel offerings – the Provo – when it arrives as a production rival to the Juke – will spawn a GT with the 1.6 litre turbo from the new Kia Cee’d GT.

By Cars UK