Kia green-lights Optima wagon
Eager to increase its presence on the recovering European new car market, Kia has announced that it will take on rivals Volkswagen, Renault and Mazda with a station wagon version of the new Optima.
The still nameless Optima wagon will presumably look similar to the Sportspace concept (pictured) that was shown earlier this year at the Geneva Motor show. That means it will be nearly identical to the Optima sedan from the front bumper to the B-pillar, but beyond that it will stand out thanks to a longer roof line, a rakish D-pillar and horizontal tail lamps.
The Optima wagon will borrow the bulk of its mechanical components from its sedan counterpart, so buyers in Europe will be able to choose from a wide palette of gasoline- and diesel-burning four-cylinder engines, and either an automatic or a manual transmission. Badged GT, top-spec models will get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder mill tuned to make approximately 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft. of torque.
Look for the Kia Optima station wagon to make its debut next year at the Geneva Motor Show and go on sale across the Old Continent shortly after. Kia hasn’t talked about availability yet, but we’d be surprised if the wagon makes the trip across the Atlantic.
Photos by Ronan Glon.