Kia Optima SW Beautifully Rendered, Likely Coming in Hybrid and PHEV Flavors

Kia Optima SW 3 photos
Photo: Theophilus Chin
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Kia Motors Europe has just released a statement about the new Optima sedan, which will soon arrive in hybrid and plug-in hybrid configurations. However, what German or British customers actually want is a station wagon version.
Kia's Sportspace concept was so well received that they officially confirmed they would make one at the Frankfurt Motor Show a few months ago. That's why we're looking at this new rendering from Theophilus Chin, giving us a good idea of what to expect.

Kia has made a couple of weird cars recently, culminating with the new Sportage. Some people say the 2016 Optima is less interesting than its predecessor, but we totally disagree. In the originality department, a wagon like this would whoop the Passat's little tush all the way to Wolfsburg.

In Korea, the Optima is sold (under the K5 name) with two separate body kits, so it can even compete with the R-Line. Also, there should be a GT-spec Optima with a 2.0-liter gas engine making 240 horsepower. As a sedan, it runs from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds and has a top speed of 240 km/h. The wagon will probably be a little slower due to its slightly bigger weight. VW makes faster versions of the Passat, but the Mazda6 Wagon stands no chance against it.

The upgraded 1.7-liter CRDi diesel engine is expected to account for the majority of European sales from launch, which takes place in Q5 2015 for the sedan. Carried over from the existing model, it receives a range of modifications for its application in the all-new Optima, resulting in greater power and reduced emissions.

Now producing 141 PS (up from 136 PS) and 340 Nm of torque (increased from 325 Nm), the upgraded 1.7-liter diesel engine offers an improvement to response times and flexibility. The upgraded engine boasts 14% lowered CO2 emissions to 110 g/km.

Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Europe, commented on the upcoming launch: “When the current Kia Optima arrived on the global stage in 2010, it acted as the catalyst for the five-year, design-led transformation of Kia’s product range. Its combination of technology, design and refinement added greater depth to our model line-up and fundamentally changed the way that people saw the Kia brand.”
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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