2016 Kia Optima Sportswagon_3 Kia Motors is preparing to unveil the Kia Optima Sportswagen, the marque’s first D-segment tourer, at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The Kia Optima Sportswagon, inspired by the 2015 SPORTSPACE concept, will initially be available for the European market; slated for the fourth quarter of the year. The Optima Sportswagon will be available with a choice of efficient and responsive gasoline and diesel powertrains, including a high-powered GT version.

In looks, the Kia Optima Sportswagon takes up a long, lean and dynamic profile, along with sharp lines and smooth bodywork. While the front of the car remains the same as the Optima sedan, its strong, rising shoulder and gently sloping, swept-back cabin continue for longer to produce its distinctive tourer body shape.

The overhang at the rear adds greater visual volume to the back of the vehicle. At the same time, the raked rear window and tapering roofline give the Sportswagon a genuinely athletic stance in a typically conservative segment. At the rear of the car, wide LED lights wrap around the corners of the bodywork with the bumper’s a single oval exhaust and an integrated air diffuser. Paint colors come in nine choices, while wheel sizes range from 16- to 18-inch. Dimension-wise, the Optima Sportswagen is 1,860 mm in width, 4,855 mm in length and 1,470 mm in height, an increase by 5 mm to accommodate the expanded boot (with 553 liters capacity).

Moving to the inside, the wide dashboard, designed along a horizontal plane, helps to create a genuine sense of spaciousness and modernity, with quality materials that characterize the interior of the Optima sedan. For a quality ambience, the cabin is finished with a high proportion of soft-touch materials, cloth and leather trim in natural tones, and tasteful metallic accents.

High levels of soundproofing reduce driver fatigue during long journeys and when travelling over broken surfaces. The new Sportswagon is available with a choice of single- or two-tone color interior schemes: single-tone (black) or two-tone (dark grey with light grey) in cloth or leather trim. The console is finished in gloss black and chrome. On board technologies for the Sportswagen include the latest audio-visual navigation system with 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen, wireless charger, as well as Andrroid Auto and CarPlay.

Powerplant options for the Sportswagon are available in the standard 1.7-liter CRDi engine, 2.0-liter CVVL and the new 2.0-liter T-GDI engine. The 1.7-liter variation is paired to a six-speed manual or seven-speed transmission, while the 2.0-liter CVVL gets six-speed or manual transmission. The top flight 2.0-liter T-GDI is exclusively matched to an automatic six=speed transmission.

Depending on market, driver’s assistance systems included in the Sportswagon are 360-degree Around View Monitor, Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) and Dynamic Bending Headlights. As for safety features, the Sportswagon takes up an overall high strength bodyshell, ample airbags, and a host of active safety technologies such as; Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Advanced Smart Cruise Control (SCC), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), High Beam Assist (HBA), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

To ensure a sufficient ride comfort and dependable handling, the Sportswagon has suspension system that has been engineered to isolate vibrations and bumps from poor road surfaces, and while improving handling agility. The Optima sedan’s fully-independent suspension hardware is carried over for the new Sportswagon derivative, however spring, damper and alignment settings have been adapted for the new tourer due to the new version’s different weight distribution, which is slightly more rear-biased. In addition, there is an optional electronic controlled suspension system with internal valves (ECS) to choose from.

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