Kia Optima Wagon Could Turn into Reality (Updated)

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The next-generation Kia Optima is scheduled to be revealed at 2015 New York Auto Show held on the first week of April, but ahead this debut, Kia has recently released the first teaser image of its new Optima (codenamed as JF) ahead of the Geneva debut.

Kia describes the “Elegant Energy” vehicle only as a D-segment concept. But mysteriously, the car only showed its shape until the end of driver’s door or B-pillar.

A report from Motoring.com.au understands the concept car you see here is in fact a concept that previews both, the next-gen Optima sedan — to appear in the Big Apple in April — and Kia Optima wagon, which is why the rear half of the car remains hidden.

“The concept has been created as a spacious and versatile accessory to an active lifestyle, as a purposeful, energetic design study for the style-conscious, and as a sanctuary from the stresses of the modern world,” said Kia.

Both Optima models will gain the latest reinterpretation of Kia’s family “Tiger Nose” grille, as seen on the Geneva concept, where Kia says that are both “confident” and “powerful”.

The interior quality will get another step forward, like in the new generation Kia Sorento, and looking at the spy picture, the 2016 Kia Optima will have new 8″ inch infotainment system under chromed bar, getting all the attention from the new leather-wrapped dash, new infotainment and air controls. The 2016 Kia Optima will use the same steering wheel we saw on the Sportage spy shots.

The concept looks to be close to production ready and points to a new family of mid-size models from Kia, including sedan, wagon and possibly coupe derivatives, powered by petrol, turbo-petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains.

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Press release

Kia Motors Europe will unveil an innovative new concept, the Kia SPORTSPACE, at the 85th Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva on 3 March 2015.
 
Created for long distance driving, the SPORTSPACE has been designed for fast and efficient travel with maximum comfort and minimal stress, in the best grand touring tradition of the weekend getaway.
 
Designed at Kia’s Frankfurt design studio, under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, Chief Designer Europe, the SPORTSPACE features a unique and captivating body shape. The car is born out of a commitment to provide stylish and exciting transportation for four which is also spacious and functional, without sacrificing the performance, sustainability and economy that Kia is known for.
 
Recognisably a Kia due to its signature ‘tiger nose’ grille, finely judged proportions and simple, clean surfaces, SPORTSPACE has a bold, dynamic shape with real road presence. At the same time, it offers a high level of interior comfort and substantial practical load space.
 
“We set out to design a car that is a totally new breed of grand tourer – one for active people who need reasonable cargo space on the weekend, but don’t want to compromise moving around in style, comfort and with an element of sportiness,” explains Gregory Guillaume, Chief Designer Europe

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  • Jimbo

    Yes please.

  • Sery

    ooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh…..

    wooooowwww……

    Somebody has drawn my dreamed car… if only it had AWD, it would be perfect!

  • J.R.

    The front face is pretty weak. I wonder how it will be translated in the production model…

  • Pete

    Honestly, why was Hyundai so restrained with the Sonata? This looks good, though I agree with J.R. the front end like it’s trying too hard.

    Everyone online talks about buying wagons, but only a select few ever do.

  • Kialover

    Oh my goodness. I just came to home and as i saw this awesome beautiful car i must say that Its the most beautiful sporty wagon that i ever seen in the world. Im just speechless. I felt that KIA would go to create beautiful these days but this car is unigue. If KIA now in addition puts the right diesel engines in it i could swear that it would sell like hell in the whole world. I knew that his day would come. And i am sure that another wonderful times with KIA will follow.
    Thank God for this moments.

    KIA forever.

  • Hero Black K5

    This car is a big part of what needs to be done by Kia period. There will be a few that don’t like front end but I for one think it’s beautiful and just edgy enough to drive sales. Now if Kia just redesign the buyer’s instore and sales experience it would be a win all the way around.

    • Hero Black K5

      Oh and have Vossen design the wheels 🙂

  • eugene pangan

    I want one

  • J.R.

    The front design is especially generic & lacking creativity or impact. Not sure if the KIA designers will be able to solve this problem in the production model.

  • Kia designed front of the car very impressive but, its rear looks is disappointing me a little-bit.