Previewed by last year's SportSpace concept, the production model follows in the footsteps of the Optima sedan but adopts a unique rear end with a gently sloping roof, a tailgate-mounted spoiler, and revised LED taillights.
The interior largely carries over and customers will find gloss black trim, chrome accents, and an infotainment system with either a 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen display. The model also has a six-speaker audio system and 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. Options include a wireless smartphone charger and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
Under the hood, three different engines will be available. The 1.7-liter CRDi four-cylinder diesel produces 140 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol develops 160 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. Kia will also offer a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 241 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.
The Kia Optima Sportswagon will go on sale in Europe during the fourth quarter and the company has high hopes for the model as two thirds of all sales in the D-segment in Europe come from wagons.