Kia shows off new Optima Sportswagon


Kia has finally released photos of the production-ready Optima Sportswagon, ahead of its full debut at the 2016 Geneva motor show at the end of this month. The Optima Sportswagon has been designed to take on cars like the Mondeo wagon, which is quite popular in European countries.


While the styling has understandably been toned down somewhat when compared to the Sportspace concept released last year, some of the elements from the concept do remain, such as the wrap-around LED tail-lights and rear diffuser integrated into the bumper – though it is obviously there for visual purposes rather than actually being functional. The underpinnings of the Sporswagon are identical to the regular Optima sedan, with the same 4855mm length, 1860mm width and a 2805mm wheelbase.


With the rear seats up, boot space has grown by 48L over the sedan, while dropping the 40:20:40 spit rear seats will increase storage space considerably – although the rear seats do not fold down flat.  over the sedan. The rear deck features tie-down rails and various fix points, which look quite handy. To help busy parents, the rear tailgate will also be powered and will automatically trigger when it senses the proximity key is nearby.


Depending on the model, features such as smart cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assistance, automatic high beam activation, blind spot monitoring, and speed limit sign recognition will be available, along with 16″ to 18″ alloy wheels. We imagine the wagon will be available in similar trim levels to the sedan – if not exactly the same.

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