|Kia Motors will premiere the Concept provo as well as the previously available pro_cee’d and cee’d GT at the Geneva Motor show from 5 March, Tuesday. The Kia provo, an intended car for the B-segment, presents an expounded coupe-style hatchback that Kia is into these days.|
Kia Concept provo
From its steep front nose and leading edge featuring an aero-style splitter, carbon-fiber panels and tiny LED cluster front lights, over the long bonnet and sculpted flanks, visor-look windscreen to the sharply cut-off rear treatment (also featuring an aerodynamic splitter with an adjustable vent system to direct airflow), the provo looks every inch a purposeful performer. The provo measures 3.88-meter long, 1.77-meter wide, 2.53-meter wheelbase and 1.35-meter tall. Hidden behind a single piece of glass is the latest take on Kia’s ‘tiger nose’ grille treatment linking straight into the Schreyer-inspired headlight units that are made up of more than 850 tiny LEDs, which are programmable to provide daytime running lights, full beam and race-car styled lighting.
A wrap-around front screen hides the A pillars and frameless doors, giving a visor-style appearance to the cabin glass with the clamshell-like roof floating above. High-intensity blood-orange accents contrast with the grey-green ‘Storm Metal’ body color draw the eye to particular aspects of the structure and equipment, while carbon fiber surfaces made of traditional materials and high-gloss or anodized aluminium give the provo racecar aspired themes. Planting provo firmly in touch with the road are distinctive 225/40 19-inch milled-alloy wheels with a traditional ‘cast’ look fixed by single centre nuts finished in anodized orange.
Moving inside, the Kia Europe Design team was able to let imaginations run free although in typical Kia fashion it delivers clear functionality with exuberant style – essential if provo is to go into production at some point in the future. Opening the two side doors – via flush-fitting push-up electronic handles that operate with an electric click – reveals that the polished aluminium panels featured in the external sculpted flanks extend to create a relatively high-level two-step sill into the car – cut-away at the leading edge to allow easier ingress and exit. The doors are made up of three panels – outer, carbon-fiber inner and neoprene-covered inner section in Storm Metal body color.
From driver and front passenger perspectives, the dashboard consists of a single piece carbon fiber that allows more legroom and view of the polished aluminium footrests and pedals. Pertinent dashboard features are large analogue dials on a digital display, small central display of other minor gauges, center tunnel with two control hubs, engine stop-start button, drive selector for the seven-speed DCT transmission and a Multi-Media interface control. The seats are of quilted leather mounted on a rotating aluminium track. Completing the cockpit feel are tiny red LEDs set in the multi-layered doors, in the air vents and also in roof to give a low-glow ambient illumination. Additionally, the roof panel incorporates aluminium window toggle controls.
A 1.6 petrol-fuelled turbo-charged four-cylinder engine with regenerative-electric motors or Smart 4WD Hybrid powertrain propels the Kia provo to 204 PS, while regenerative electric motor boosts another 45 PS at a push of a button when needed.
Kia pro_cee’d and cee’d GT
The Kia pro_cee’d and cee’d GT previously debut at the 2012 Paris Motor show. Both cars, carrying an updated 1.6-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharger, are making an appearance alongside the provo at the Geneva Motor show.
The Kia pro_cee’d and cee’d GT feature ‘Tiger-nose’ front grilles and lamp clusters, deeper bumpers, jewel-like four-point LED daytime running lights, new fog lights, dual-exhaust pipes, larger 18-inch alloy wheels, eye-catching red brake calipers and a range of special paint finishes.
Inside, the GT models are equipped with Recaro sports seats, alloy pedals, bespoke surface materials and a seven inch racing car-inspired TFT instrument cluster to create an engaging, performance-oriented ambience for the driver and passengers.
Power and torque outputs are dramatically increased (compared with the non-turbo engine), with maximum power up 51% to 204 ps, and torque up 61% to 265 Nm. The Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT each deliver fuel consumption of 7.4l / 100km and emit 171 g/km CO2. Fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, the front-wheel drive models can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 230 kph.
Kia pro_cee’d production
Production of the Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT is scheduled to start at Kia’s Zilina plant in Slovakia in mid-May 2013, with cars going on sale across Europe from mid-year. Prices and specifications will be confirmed closer to the on-sale date.
Edited: Kia Motor