Kia Optima Coupe Under Consideration, Optima Wagon Gets Green Light for Europe

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Kia Optima Coupe Under Consideration, Optima Wagon Gets Green Light for Europe
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Kia will build a wagon version of the newly unveiled Optima sedan for the European market and is considering a Coupe. In an interview with the U.K.’s AutoCar, top Kia designer Peter Schreyer confirmed the wagon (or Estate as its likely to be called in Europe) and hinted at a coupe.

“I would love to do station wagon and coupé versions of the car. The station wagon would only really work for Europe but the coupé would work in the U.S.,” he said.

A coupe model wouldn’t be as surprising as it seems at first, as the car would have competition from the likes of the Honda Accord Coupe and Nissan Altima Coupe. And with Kia announcing a new 274-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine in the sedan at the New York Auto Show, it would definitely make for an attractive package.

And with Kia and Hyundai sharing platform, does this mean a Sonata Coupe and Wagon are on their way too?

GALLERY: 2011 Kia Optima

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[Source: AutoCar]

  • Ozric Tentacle

    So I’m not sure why “The station wagon would only really work for Europe”?

  • dan

    Despite the way American commercials say the name, the correct Korean pronunciation does not rhyme with Sunday:

    Can you say, “Hyon-dad”? Now say it without the ending ‘d’, as if you would say dad, but without the ending ‘d’… “Hyonda_”. That’s how it’s correct Korean pronunciation.

    If it rhymes with “Honda” (hon-daa), you’re saying it wrong. If it rhymes with “Sunday”, you’re saying it wrong too.

    Hope this common error can be corrected :)

  • Scott

    I thought the correct pronunciation was “key – uh” as in Kia.

  • The Hoss

    Totally disagree with the notion that a wagon only makes sense for Europe. The Venza seems to be doing just fine in SoCal. And smaller sport wagons/hatches like the GTI and Mazda 5 are very popular here too. The key is to build a sport wagon with the right look at the right price point. I think Kia could sell a ton of Optima wagons. I, for one, would gladly get rid of my big SUV for one. I can’t emphasize that enough. The renderings I’ve seen are just awesome.

  • Siarheicka

    What is it with makers still riding the stereotype that Wagons are not for US?

    I would gladly buy Optima Wagon SX. 

  • cuttingboardblues

    The wagon would work in the US.  I would love a wagon.