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Autocar is reporting that Kia may be mulling wagon and coupe variants of its just-announced 2011 Optima. The wrinkle is, however, that both the proposed long-roof and coupe versions of the car would designed with both Europe and Korea in mind. So far, there's no word on whether or either bodystyle would make its way to the States, though Autocar quotes Kia Chief Designer Peter Schreyer as saying that a two-door variant would do well in our neck of the woods.
Kia pulled the sheets off of the next-generation Optima at this year's New York Auto Show. Both longer and wider than the previous model, the 2011 Optima (known as the Magentis in other markets) appears to have good bones for growing into a wagon. Given the number of good-looking mid-size wagons we've seen crop up lately (we're looking at you, Cadillac CTS/Acura TSX), there's certainly room in the market for a more affordable load lugger.
We wouldn't exactly hold our breath, though. It'd likely take at least a couple of years to get the design through concept stage and into production, and even then, odds are it wouldn't be headed our direction. Doesn't hurt to hope, however.
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