Last year the South Korean automaker unveiled during the Swiss event the lovely Sport Space Concept. Now the model previewed by the prototype is making its debut as the Kia Optima Sportswagon.
While many estate versions don’t actually look anything remotely sporty even if their moniker has the word in it, this time around we’re inclined to say the carmaker was right naming the station wagon Optima a Sportswagon. The mid-sized model is looking ready to rival the sharp lines of the Mondeo estate and the sloping roofline reminds us of the Jaguar XF SPortbrake. “This is an important product for Kia in Europe, and it will increase our presence in this hugely important segment, ” said Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer Kia Europe. “In Europe, two-thirds of all sales in the D-segment, and three-quarters of all fleet sales in this class are made up of tourers, so the Optima Sportswagon will play a critical role”. Inside the Optima Sportswagon is pretty much identical to the sedan brother – the most important change is tucked behind the 40/20/40 split and folding rear seats where the owner will have a 553-liter trunk – 48 liters bigger than in the sedan form.
Three engine options will be available at launch in Europe: up first is the naturally aspirated 2-liter SVVT packing 163 PS, followed by the 1.7-liter CRDi that delivers 141 PS and can be had with a manual gearbox or a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission. Then there’s the Optima GT coming to the party with a turbocharged 2-liter that churns out 245 PS.