2016 Kia Optima Sportswagon begins winter testing
Source : 2016 Kia Optima Sportswagon begins winter testing
Estate product of the fourth-gen Kia Optima arrives within the UK late This particular year, with styling inspired by the Sportspace concept
The fresh Kia Optima Sportswagon has been spotted winter testing ahead of its planned launch later This particular year.
The fresh estate, which will be heavily based on the Optima saloon, itself due to come to the UK This particular year, has been subjected to the harsh climate inside the Artic Circle.
Although the test mules photographed here are heavily disguised, the styling of the Optima Sportswagon was closely previewed by the Sportspace concept at last year’s Geneva motor show.
The Sportspace featured ‘ice cube’ quad headlights, distinctive bonnet bulges as well as the company’s latest ‘tiger nose’ grille. Kia described the rear as having a ‘latin’ flavour, with the D-pillar pushed forwards compared with those of some other estates.
Power for the concept came coming from a derivative of Kia’s T-hybrid 1.7-litre diesel-electric hybrid powertrain, which was first showcased at last year’s Paris motor show. The engine was mated to a sequential automatic shift-by-wire transmission, with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.
Elements of the concept’s radical Inside styling are also supposed to carry over to the production estate.
Speaking to Autocar at the 2015 Geneva show, Gregory Guillaume, Kia’s chief designer in Europe, said: “Looking at This particular car, in which’s not the type of show car in which looks like in which’s not going to make in which to a showroom. in which looks like a very realistic proposal.”
Engine options for the Sportswagon are likely to be shared directly with the fourth-generation Optima saloon. within the UK, the sole engine on offer will be a 139bhp 1.7-litre CRDi diesel. A high-performance Optima GT product will be set to be launched later, as will be a plug-in hybrid variant.
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