Geneva Motor Show 2015: Kia previews Optima Estate with Sportspace concept

Published 03 March 2015

Kia has shown its Sportspace concept estate car at the Geneva Motor Show. It might be a concept in name but you can expect to see the car in production as the Optima Estate within the next few years, rivalling the latest Mondeo and Passat Estate models.

In a hyperbole-filled press release it is described as the ultimate ‘getaway car’ – meaning holidays, not bank robberies. It has been designed with “extracting the maximum from life at its heart" according to Kia. 

The exterior features typical Kia styling cues - the headlights are very much like those of the Optima saloon and the trademark 'tiger-nose' grille is present. However the rear of the design is very much new, with slim, sharp-looking tail lights and a shooting-brake roofline.

The interior features the usual concept car flights of fantasy, including once-piece carbon-fibre backed seats, an aircraft throttle inspired gear selector and a pair of large touchscreen systems.

Power comes from a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with peak power of 250PS, but when an Optima Estate production model arrives you can expect a broader engine range including the familiar 1.7-litre CRDi diesel.

You can also expect the production car to lose the dainty wing mirrors and 20-inch wheels when it arrives in showrooms. No word on dates or pricing yet, but expect a production version within the next two years.

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