Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Newspress | posted March 03, 2016 09:15
Kia enters the D-segment tourer with Optima Sportswagon
Kia Motors has unveiled an all-new wagon at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show.
The new model marks Kia’s initial foray into the D-segment tourer market, the all-new Optima Sportswagon. Taking inspiration from the SportsSpace concept in 2015, it merges the luxury of an Optima with the practicality of a tourer.
The rear seats split 40:20:40 in order to accommodate bigger cargo like skis and snowboards in the European market while still allowing two passengers to sit comfortably in the second row.
It also comes with a safety barrier net built into the back of the rear seats, a pop-up sliding luggage rails and a Smart Power Tailgate.
Kia plans to install Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on all models across the range within the next 18 months and the all-new Optima Sportswagon will be the first ones to sport this feature.
Powering this new Kia tourer are three engine options: a 1.7L turbodiesel, a 2.0L CVVL gas engine and a 2.0L turbocharged gas engine.
“The SportSpace concept from 2015 signalled a clear direction for the next generation Optima, and the Sportswagon adds an extra level of style and practicality to the well-received sedan. We decided to show our first-ever D-segment tourer together with our first-ever plug-in hybrid in Geneva to demonstrate our commitment to this hugely important sector, aimed at attracting new private and corporate buyers to the brand,” said Cole.
Kia stated that the all-new Optima Sportswagon will be arriving in dealerships soon.