The new sedan makes its European premiere this week, and it’s with that launch that Kia has confirmed plans for “a new body style inspired by the Sportspace concept” unveiled in February.
That can only mean a wagon, and it’s no surprise that Kia has chosen an event in Europe - a market as mad for ‘estate’ models as China is for sedans - to reveal the news.
Details on the new wagon, which could be called Optima Sportspace, are still to come - but, as the sedan model has shown, we can likely expect the production car to maintain much of the concept’s sleek styling.
That will mean a design that focuses as much on form as it does function, with a tightly tapered roofline and wide, low-slung proportions. A sports focus would also help to set the Sportspace further apart from the practical new Sportage and Sorento SUVs.
Wagon fans in Australia could also be in luck, with Kia Australia confirming earlier this year that the Sportspace is high on its wishlist.
Above: the new Optima in sedan form.
“The reaction to the Sportspace in Australia has been so unexpectedly strong it has gone from a very small chance at being in our model garage to a very strong chance,” Kia Australia communications manager Kevin Hepworth told CarAdvice in March.
“It’s certainly surprised us with just how strong the public response was, and there is a space for it,” he added.
Wagons don’t make up much of any brand’s bottom line in today’s SUV-hungry market, but with variants of the Mazda6, Ford Mondeo and Hyundai i40 already playing in the midsized passenger market, Kia could do worse than diving in with a stylish contender.