Kia recently hopped on the press news wire to release some more details of the European spec 2016 Kia Optima, but in addition to the usual jargon describing what’s new for the up and coming model, Kia also hinted that the new Optima could include a second body style.
Speculation suggests Kia could be readying a wagon variant to the Optima, first previewed by the excellently styled, SportSpace Concept from the 2015 Geneva Auto Show earlier this year.
Though of course, we know the wagon still isn’t a popular topic among mainstream buyers and this specific press statement was geared towards the European market, where wagons are certainly more popular. So even if they do make it, there isn’t a high chance for it to come stateside.
Additionally, Kia Motors America’s chief product planner, Orth Hendricks, did previously express his disapproval of a wagon version of the Optima since it could take sales away from their popular Sorento crossover. Hendricks also said it wouldn’t make a solid business case to justify the increase in production costs.
But given how they styled the Kia SportSpace Concept, we kind of wish they were making a wagon for us. Would you consider a Kia Optima wagon if it was made available?
– By: Chris Chin