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 |  Apr 20 2010, 11:21 AM

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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]