2016 Kia Optima Sportswagon enters winter testing
Source : 2016 Kia Optima Sportswagon enters winter testing
Estate type of the fourth-gen Kia Optima arrives inside UK late This particular year, with styling inspired by the Sportspace concept
The completely new Kia Optima Sportswagon has been spotted winter testing ahead of its planned launch later This particular year.
The completely new estate, which can 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 along with also 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 different estates.
Power for the concept came through 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 Internal styling are also likely 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, that will’s not the type of show car that will looks like that will’s not going to make that will to a showroom. that will looks like a very realistic proposal.”
Engine options for the Sportswagon are likely to be shared directly with the fourth-generation Optima saloon. inside UK, the sole engine on offer will be a 139bhp 1.7-litre CRDi diesel. A high-performance Optima GT type can be set to be launched later, as can be a plug-in hybrid variant.
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