Kia is about to launch a wagon version of the Optima for the very first time, and we have spy photos to prove that.

Kia is about to launch a wagon version of the Optima for the very first time, and we have spy photos to prove that.

The South Korean marque has really stepped up its game in the mid-size segment with the new Optima sedan. Now, they are about ready to boost the model’s appeal further with a wagon version. Seen here is a near-production prototype that unsurprisingly was being benchmarked against the Passat, Insignia, Mazda6, and i40 estates.

In terms of styling, it will be one of the sportiest-looking models in this segment and will take cues from the highly-acclaimed SPORTSPACE concept. The cargo capacity will increase from the 503 liters offered by the sedan to somewhere in the region of 560 liters. It’s good, but not great, taking into account the Renault Talisman Estate has slightly more (572 liters), while the Skoda Superb Combi offers a cavernous 660 liters.

The prototype spotted here is a non-GT version given the single exhaust tip, so it likely has the 1.7-liter diesel with 141 PS (104 kW) and 340 Nm (251 lb-ft). Kia will also sell the Optima Sportswagon with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated motor, but only a few will go for that. A more interesting choice will be the GT version set to have a 2.0-liter turbo rated at 245 PS (180 kW) and 353 Nm (260 lb-ft).

Expect to see the first Optima wagon ever at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016. Kia has previously announced both sedan and wagon body styles will also be offered with a plug-in hybrid arrangement. As a matter of fact, the greener Optima Sedan was recently launched at home in South Korea. As for a US launch of the wagon, Kia has already said it won’t happen as there's a risk it would clash with the Sportage.

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