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2017 Kia Optima Sportswagon unveiled

2017 Kia Optima Sportswagon front quarter

Kia has officially unveiled the Optima Sportswagon ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Previewed by last year’s SportSpace concept, the new model is Kia’s first D-segment tourer and features a unique rear end with a gently sloping roof and raked rear window.

2017 Kia Optima Sportswagon rear quarter

The wide LED taillights wrap around the corners of the bodywork, while the rear bumper houses a single oval exhaust, unlike the twin pipes of its sedan counterpart.

The Sportswagon retains the same width (1,860mm) and length (4,855mm) as the sedan, but is 5mm taller (1,470mm) to accommodate the expanded boot. There is 553 litres of cargo space – 48 litres more than the Optima sedan.

Access to the boot is via a Smart Power Tailgate, which opens the boot automatically when the Optima’s smart key is located in close proximity to the rear tailgate.

2017 Kia Optima Sportswagon interior

Inside, the cabin is identical to the sedan and features a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation. DAB digital radio is also available across a number of European markets, where the car will go on sale in the 4th quarter of 2016.

European models are powered by three different engines:

  • A 1.7-litre CRDi four-cylinder diesel producing 103kW and 340Nm of torque
  • A 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol producing 118kW and 197Nm of torque
  • A 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol with 177kW and 353Nm of torque

The 2017 Kia Optima Sportswagon is not yet confirmed for Australia, with the local arm studying the business case for the model.

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