“OMG!, WHAT!, NO WAY!, THIS CANNOT BE A KIA!” This was my first reaction when I saw the press images of the beautiful red wagon on Monday, Feb.16th. But, after I stopped drooling over the photos, I headed over to Kia’s European website to see if I could dig up more dirt on this concept which is going to debut at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show next month. So, after doing some research on Kia’s European website and other sources on the internet, I was able to compile a small information pile, which I am going to share in the following paragraphs. So, if you are a wagon enthusiast and are living in the U.S, please stop drooling and follow me along through this brief article, thanks.
Let me begin with the good news that is that Kia’s Engineers have actually designed this car in the first place. It doesn’t matter where you look at this wagon from because it simply looks amazing. After looking at all the photos (which are included in the slideshow below), the one design element I like the most are the rims. Yep, just look at them. Even if this is just a tease from Kia of Europe, I am hoping and praying that these rims will become available on some future Kia model. But, the car in general looks drop dead gorgeous and I hope Kia listens to its European customers and green light this car for production.
So, now, it is time for the bad news. Even if Kia approves this model for production, there is no way we, the American wagon enthusiasts, will be able to buy one. By designing the car as a wagon and debuting it in Geneva, Kia has no intention of selling this model in the U.S., but instead are working really hard in order to gain the attention of our wagon loving, European cousins.
But, all hope is not lost for us Americans because this wagon concept could be hinting at the redesigned Optima midsize sedan, which is scheduled to launch sometime during this year. If the production models looks anything like the concept pictured above, it will easily destroy its midsize competitors, both in the U.S. and around the world.
At the time of this writing, Kia has not provided any information regarding the engine, transmission, or any other drivetrain components . But, based on the refreshed Hyundai Veloster Coupe, the Sportspace could come standard with a turbocharged, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder engine, mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, which, in end, sends all of its power to the front wheel. Right now, there is now word if Kia will offer an all-wheel-drive system, but based on its European competitors, there might be a chance that Kia will indeed include this system as an option.
So, there you have it, this is all the dirt I could come up with for the Kia Sportspace Concept for now. More information will surely be released by Kia as we approach the opening day date at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. But, in the mean time, checkout the rest of the images of this beautiful, and boldly designed wagon, and if you like what you see, please write a letter to Kia of America, urging its board members to being this wagon to our shores. But, if the letters do not convince the Kia bosses, then I guess we should just be happy with the upcoming Optima sedan in the U.S.
Information and Images sourced from Kia Motors Europe.