The fourth generation 2016 Kia Optima is based on the Kia SPORTSPACE concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The concept itself was a strong indication that Kia has been contemplating an estate/station wagon version of the new generation model right from its development stage.
While earlier reports said that there won’t be an estate version of the Kia Optima, Paul Philpott, President & CEO at Kia Motors UK and Ireland indirectly confirmed during an interview that an estate version will be launched. He said that it won’t be launched in Q1 2016, hinting that an official debut may happen in H2 2016. Based on the U.S.-spec 2016 Kia Optima sedan and the Kia SPORTSPACE WAGON, a speculative rendering, work of automotive illustrator Theophilus Chin, previews how the 2016 Kia Optima Wagon may possibly look like.
Following Mr. Philpott’s confirmation in July, Kia Europe officially confirmed in September that a wagon version is on the way. Announcing the Euro-spec 2016 Kia Optima, the European division stated: “The all-new Kia Optima range will be developed further in future, with the addition of a new body style, inspired by the Kia SPORTSPACE concept car shown at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show.”
The Optima Wagon will mainly be targeted at the European markets, while North America may have to do only with the sedan.
Along with the new body style, a plug-in hybrid variant of the Optima range is also on the cards. Kia Europe confirmed the Euro-spec saloon version’ plug-in hybrid variant will be launched in 2016.
[Source: Theophilus Chin]