The Russian Mirrow Provacator
As a gear head and moto-enthusiast, there are some trends in the car world that I must admit, I don't care for. While I would never go for a 'driver less' “car” - I think many should; especially those of you that are so damn concerned with your text typing cell device that you pay more attention to it than the road. YOU should definitely not have control of a vehicle. Every year, countless motorcycle deaths result from drivers that 'didn't see the rider' – those people need to not have a steering wheel, accelerator or a driver's license; but that is another rant. Suffice it to say, I enjoy grinding the gears, pushing the apex of corners, and winding out the horsepower to ever give into to a driver-auto. And damn Google, Lyft & Uber – I like to do my own driving.
The other trend that offends my auto-philia heart, are tiny little gnat cars that are under-powered flees – a scourge of the road way. The Mercedes / SMART is at the core of this trend, they certainly started it; and a field of copies have sprung up in that wake. Cramped, under-powered, and useless except for the commute – while I see their purpose, I would never go there.
But out of Russia comes this buzzy little rendition. Available in two models – the Mirrow Provactor, a 'city car' concept, and a larger commercial variant. In the smaller format, it is as long as the SMART CAR, but as WIDE as a Mercedes E class, and as TALL enough that you can walk down the center of it in full stand stature. Built around a composite hard shell cage for safety, punched with different color panels inserts for style - the orange is my favorite.
I am 5-6; you taller giants may have to duck a bit. The interior head clearance is listed at 204 centimeters, 6.5 feet – walk down the center aisle just like on an airplane. The side doors are only for emergency exit; main access is through a single center door out the back of the little traffic cherub.
Built to reduce the urban congestion and bring a smaller foot print to the down town traffic maze, the car can back into a traditional parking spot – so the days of parallel parking are nearly done. The composite roll cage that houses a 1.5 motor in either gas or diesel trim.... yes, electric hybrid options will be available as well; but they are not my choice. I hate the minimal range of the little electric birdcages and the damned recharge down time. Yes, they have their place and market niche – I am just not it. The smaller model has seating for four adults.
What I am most excited by is the commercial options. In the 'Taxi' version – you get a longer wheel base and seating for six. The last row of seats face inboard to each other - prepare for awkward 'Uber' moments.
Find all the configurations at their website. Mirrow Cars
But the Mirrow is also designed to be used as a city utility vehicle for deliveries and even food trucks options. For me, the ideal layout – is a two seat configuration with a stove, sink, refrigerator, mircrowave and cooking surfaces in the remaining longer foot print.
A new version of the VW 'MicroBus' – a perfect trail head camping chariot for my needs. They are a flexible platform and built to suit. I would put a roof top camper shell on it – and disappear for weeks on end.
While still in development phase - they are targeting a price point of 3,500 to 4,500 Euros for the smaller version; with pricing and production still to be finalized. For those of you in the US - don't count on seeing them. With the current sanctions against Russia - they will doubtfully ever land on your shores.... and if they were to show up - you know the EPA and DoT would put their fangs into the model as well. The first markets to see it will probably be China and the Middle East. I am on their subscription list - updates as they happen.