The machine you see above is, according to a report from Autocar, the Kia Provo Concept, and it's set to debut at the rapidly approaching Geneva Motor Show. As you can see, the Korean concept draws inspiration from young and hip hatchbacks like the Mini range and the Citroën DS3.

We can't say how much of the Provo's somewhat radical conceptual design will make it into production, such as the contrasting roof color, oversize wheel arches filled with some pretty radical wheels, and one-piece headlight and taillight housings. Suffice it to say, though, we're definitely intrigued by what we see.

Also note the diamond stitching in the interior with chrome, suede and carbon fiber accents. The flat-bottom steering wheel is also rather interesting. These details, along with the racy elements of the exterior design, make us think Kia may be targeting performance-minded buyers with the Provo.

We don't know what's powering this concept, but we'd expect some sort of forced-induction four-cylinder engine sending ponies to the front wheels if such a machine were to make it into production. Stay tuned for all the details from Geneva within the next few days.

UPDATE: Official press release and full gallery of official images added.
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Kia Looks to Set the Streets Alight with Radical Provo Concept at Geneva

[04-Mar-2013] – Looking every centimetre a road-legal racer, Kia's new provo concept, unveiled at the 83rd Salon International De l'Auto in Geneva, mixes ultra-modern technology with a self-confident and agile look to deliver an exciting new B-segment car for enthusiasts.

The sleek, low, yet muscular coupe-style hatchback mixes a petrol-fuelled turbo-charged engine with clever regenerative-electric motors to bring a smart-hybrid solution to this fun-focused concept that points to Kia Motors' future B-segment expansion plans.


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      bluemoonric
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice. I love the look of the Citroen DS3 but it will never be in the states. I'm not sure I would trust the reliability if it were. At least Kia is fairly reliable.
      Ron
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let\'s hope this IS the Kia version of the Hyundai Veloster!!!
      bchreng
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like Kia's version of the Veloster to me. If they do away with the Veloster's LCD screen and throw in an HD radio and maybe push button start as standard, I would buy one.
      MacProMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cool concept. I hope they build it. Hey author. It's MINI not Mini, it's not rocket science. bmw looks funny because its wrong too. Pretty simple. Try it.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      The wheels look like beyblades. I wonder if by accident or someone at Kia had kids about the age of mine.
      GN
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cooper + Camaro front end.
      D E S I G N
      • 1 Year Ago
      can clearly see the designer's audi influenced styling. This guy used to work for audi, and kia snatched him up, best move they ever did! sweet car.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      karlInSanDiego
      • 1 Year Ago
      This looks fantastic. Kia's styling is kicking much ass these days. Keep up the good work!
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      So KIA is showing off there version on the Veloster.
        rmt_1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason
        This concept is a lot smaller than a Veloster and probably uses the Accent/Rio platform. Actually using a Kia Rio 5-door as a starting point, if one moved the base of the windshield back and made it more upright, the resulting longer hood and short overhangs, front and rear, would roughly match the Provo's proportions, especially after making it a two-door.
      Gordon Chen
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like it!
      drewpy
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, Kia versiOn of the veloster? I'm down with that as long it drives better.
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