Among all car body types in North America, the station wagon is among the least-loved. Even today, these roomy and comfortable vehicles are still the victims of stereotypes. They offer a perfect mix of driving pleasure and interior room, but people are still choosing crossovers instead.
This is why Kia chose not to sell its new Optima Sportwagon in North America: we simply don't deserve it.
At the upcoming Geneva Auto Show, the Korean manufacturer will showcase its new wagon. Compared to the sedan, the Optima Sportwagon has 16.5 cubic feet of interior space.
A few different engines are available, like a 1.7-litre diesel, a naturally-aspirated 2.0 litre and a turbocharged variant pumping out 241 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. The latter will equip the top-of-the-line versions.
The Kia Optima Sportwagon will arrive in Europe during the fourth quarter of 2016; Kia is targeting a lucrative market, because two-thirds of all midsize cars in this segment are wagons.