February 27, 2016
Mock up designs for next generation of city car revealed 0
When you were younger, you probably imagined yourself living it up in the big city; fancy job, fancy apartment and fancy car. Then reality hits. Downsize dreams start with a downsized car for urbanites.
The Mirrow Provocator is the brainchild of designer Alexander Malyshev who wants to revolutionise the hassles of owning and driving a car for urban dwellers. Though the design only lives in pixels on photoshop for now, there are high hopes for the Mirrow.
It bears similarities to other city cars such as the Smart ForTwo, but sits on a tubular chassis and seats four people. It also uses a polymer construction to increase safety by absorbing then distributing energy evenly just in case you accidently drive into a wall. To get inside the car, passengers have to enter from the rear, much like the old mobile libraries that generations past used to use which may seem antiquated or bizarre, but actually creates a long, spacious interior.
The Provocator is designed for the urban life, featuring a turbocharged three cylinder petrol or diesel engine up to 1.5 litres. This limits the top speed to just 86 miles per hour, and reportedly it will be expected to reach 60 miles per hour in less than 9 seconds. So whilst the speed doesn’t sound impressive for full petrolheads, city drivers are not looking to bomb down a congested highway at supercar speeds.The Mirrow aims to provide more comfort than the usual small car, but the space provided by the unusual rear door allows for an unexpected level of relaxation. The car will also hope to provide a fully electric version, with the battery stashed in the floor and expected to produce up to 200 miles of travel on a single charge.
We are certain that for many car enthusiasts, this contraption will feel like a toy. However, for those who reside in cities where the average traffic jam is so long it sometimes seems more appealing to just sleep at your desk than try to get home, this car offers a glimmer of hope.