Kia Provo Concept Previews Juke Rival With a Turbo Hybrid Surprise

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

With Honda recently announcing plans to enter the sub-compact crossover segment with a new model based on the Fit, Kia will toss its hat in the ring as well, debuting the Provo concept today at the Geneva Motor Show.

Competitors to the segment-creating Nissan Juke, the Provo is a two-door coupe, though a four-door is likely in production form.

Apart from the aggressive good looks the Provo boasts some solid performance too, and more than a few technological treats. Looking wide and sitting on big 19-inch wheels its powered by a turbocharged direct injection 1.6-liter 4-cylinder making 205 hp.

Conventionally front-wheel drive, the Provo also boasts an active Smart 4WD Hybrid system that can deliver as much as 45 hp to the rear wheels when added power is required. As a hybrid it’s also capable of a low speed (and limited) electric-only range, creeping along using electric power to the rear wheels.

Add to this a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and it’s obvious that Kia has an impressive package, not to mention some impressive new powertain features, coming in the next few years.

GALLERY: Kia Provo Concept

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Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. Find Colum on <a href="http://www.google.com">Twitter.</a>

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