• Apr 20, 2010
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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.



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it me or does it say HONDA ACCORD with some retouching?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Also looks like they stole some of the 2010 Ford Taurus elements as well. So this is an Accord smashed with a Taurus and retouched. KIA does this all the time...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Optima (as do pretty much all of the new Kias) take their front fascia design cues from the Kia Kue concept which dates back to 2007/2007 and PREDATES both the Accord and Taurus (btw, the front of the Accord resembles the front of the previous gen Sonata).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fingers and toes crossed hoping they bring both variants across. Its a great looking car and having a wagon version is always a bonus in my books. Hyundai/Kia have taken their styling up about 10 notchs and their powertrains are improving by leaps and bounds other manufactures are surely starting to take notice and have to be worried IMO.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh and KIA, i love the wheels.
      • 4 Years Ago
      From what I've read, Peter Schreyer has already designed the coupe and wagon, whether they choose to build them or not is up to the bean counters. I'd go with a definite on the wagon (given the strength of Kia's offensive in Europe), though I doubt the US would see it. As for the coupe (or the Koup, as Kia will inevitably badge it), not sure whether it'll make it or not, but I'm sure it'd give the A5 a run for its money style-wise.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A wagon would just be perfect on every level. Come on, Kia, do it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like Kia is stealing all the right designs from other automakers lately...

      that side air vent - ford taurus

      the roofline - CLK

      the rest of the car - VW CC
        • 4 Years Ago
        Got to love it when ignoramuses post their spiel.

        Yeah, Peter Schreyer, regarded as one of the top auto designers of his generation needs to steal design cues - lol!

        If anything, Schreyer has influenced most auto designers w/ his work at VW and Audi (where he started Audi's Bauhaus-influenced design language).

        The roofline of the Optima looks little like that of the CLK and Taurus side vents?

        Please, I guess than Ford ,must have ripped them off of the Escalade, Pontiac G8, Lucerne, etc. or any no. of BMWs (Z8, M3, etc.) or other auto manufacturers.

        *****

        Anyway, the wagon is a good idea - pity it'll probably be only for Europe.

        While a coupe version would be nice, the Optima is a rather large model from which to derive a coupe (yeah, I know Honda did it w/ the Accord).

        Kia should save their development $$ to make a coupe version of the smaller RWD K9 - which is to be built on a shortened Genesis platform.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha.. thank god Kia hired Peter Schreyer, or else every new Kia design coming out would still be called a Korean copycat of something, especially the Forte.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Step 1: Apply Kia Optima styling cues to Genesis Coupe, with 2.0 Turbo and 3.8 V6 engines, and RWD. Bigger than Forte Koup. Lift-back bodystyle, instead of GenCoupe's trunk.

      Step 2: Sell it in the US via Kia dealerships.

      Step 3: ???

      Step 4: Profit.


      If they can't do that, then at least make a transverse Optima basted Coupe AWD with a manual gearbox option, even if it has to be haldex Faux-wheel-drive, it is better than just FWD.

      Make the nose panel above the grille disappear, it should just be part of the hood.

      Make the A-pillar to C-pillar arch complete, don't just drop the line at the top of the C-pillar. Otherwise black the whole thing out, and just leave the chrome detail.

      Give it the option of wearing the nice blue paint color that the Gen Coupe has, or the Kia Forte has.
        • 4 Years Ago
        daft!

        I only pressed "add comment" once, I swear.

        daft comment system. Sorry for the re-post.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, I did a couple of the Optima/Magentis Koup. You can check them out here...
      http://paultan.org/2010/04/20/kia-magentis-koup-and-wagon-in-the-works/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dang AutoBlog and their photography, stop using a wide angle lens at car shows, we want to see what the cars really look like.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am impressed with this design! Front end reminds me of Komodo drangon's face.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does this look very similar to the accord, especially in the front? I mean their Forte looks like a Civic and now this. Maybe its just "two coincidences."
        • 4 Years Ago
        god, does not anyone know who peter schreyer is?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Even the wheels are failry similar.
      • 4 Years Ago
      An optima wagon would be very high on my short list of replacement vehicles for my mazda protege5.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks more like a production version than a concept to me. If they do do this( which they should, it looks great) it should be out some time next year.
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