The fourth generation Kia Optima that was unveiled at the 2015 New York International Auto Show in April evolved from the Kia Sportspace concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. The concept was a strong indicator that Kia was toying with a wagon variant. In July, Paul Philpott, President and CEO at Kia Motors UK and Ireland indirectly confirmed during an interview that an estate version will be launched.
According to a report from Auto Express, the wagon version will also be called Kia Optima Sportspace. The ‘Sportspace’ name is being carried forward to the production version because the concept received a very strong public response. The production won’t be as sleek and sporty as the concept though. The first-ever wagon version of Optima saloon will indeed be the largest production wagon the company has ever made. Some styling revisions aside, like integrated roof rails, it will look mostly same as the saloon version.
In terms of practicality, the cargo space of the Optima Sportspace will be significantly more than the Optima’s 510 litres. Kia should offer a kick-activated open/close function for the tailgate.
As for the engine options, in Europe, a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol unit that produces 163 PS and 196 Nm of torque, and a 1.7-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel unit that produces 141 PS and 340 Nm of torque are likely candidates. A 6-speed manual gearbox should be standard, but customers may have the choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox for the petrol engine and a 7-speed DCT for the diesel engine. In the UK, only the diesel model is likely to be offered.
[Source: Auto Express]