Kia has no plans of putting the Optima Wagon into production despite being well received by the audience in Geneva and New York.
The South Korean based automaker Kia will not be offering a wagon version of the Optima, despite the Sportspace concept being received positively by the audience at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and New York Auto Show. The announcement has been made by the Kia Motors America product planning vice president, Orth Hendricks, who has recently spoken to AutoGuide. The company’s official says that such a model isn’t a commercially viable solution. The Kia Optima is the carmaker’s best-selling product in the United States as only last year the company has managed to sell no less than 159,020 units.
The Kia Sportspace concept has been introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It has a striking design, signed by Peter Schreyer, the same guy who was responsible for drawing the first generation of the Audi TT. The Sportspace stand at 4,855 mm long, 1,870 mm wide and 1,425 mm tall, with a 2,840 mm long wheelbase and a spacious cabin. The model has 28 rolling balls in the trunk too, which is part of an innovative loading system. These are automatically lowered by 3 mm when the car starts its engine as a safety measure, keeping stored items in place. Speaking of the engine, the concept came with a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline burner, rated at 250 HP (184 kW).