The new KIA Optima 2016 – now a Sportswagon
KIA Optima Sportswagon is designed based on KIA Optima of 4th generation, in the wagon body which has not been produced earlier. The novelty will be presented to the wide audience in March at the Geneva Motor Show. The Korean company has decided not to wait for the official presentation and published all the information about the new wagon in free access. So what new stuff Koreans has prepared?
KIA Sportspace became the prototype of Sporswagon and, of course, the appearance of the finished car is somewhat different from the concept. Nevertheless, the Koreans managed to maintain the overall appearance.
The similarities of appearance with co-platformer – Kia Optima 4 sedan – have remained, of course. New Korean boasts sporty silhouette of the roof and leaving down smoothly at the rear, making it look more dynamic and rapid, unlike the sedan version.
The rear part is the private credit of designers, smartly balanced and having changed lights. Taillights look like encircling the rear part. The entire front part almost exactly copies its prototype.
The novelty is deservedly included in the premium segment, the level of internal equipment is at the proper level. The decoration uses only high quality materials, this applies to both plastic and upholstery of the cabin (combined or classic fabric, or leather). In addition sportswagon has excellent insulation from noise and street sounds.
A special praise deserves luggage compartment of 553 liters (if you fold the rear seats volume increases up to 1550 liters), it provides all sorts of gadgets for hanging luggage, cavities for storage of small things, movable slats are used for securing cargo, socket, and a grid to protect passengers from luggage.
Powerful media with LCD display (size depends on version of the options) includes a navigation and control system for popular mobile platforms. The availability of assistance systems equipped with the 4 cameras also depends on package.
Wagon is equipped with 2-zone climate control, phone charger, the modern audio system with 6 speakers in base package or 10 speakers of Harman Kardon audio system in the richer versions.
Available is a variety of assistants, for example, the steering wheel, seats and mirrors heating, powered seats, mirrors, side windows, lights with turns lightning and parking assistant (perpendicular and parallel).
Developers generously enriched the novelty with all sorts of safety devices:
- forced discharge of speed in autonomous mode (detects any moving object);
- сruise control;
- adjustable high beam;
- recognition of signs on the road and automatic speed reduction;
- blind spots security system;
- radar of different radii;
- reverse parking assistant.