The new ŠKODA Superb: a new era begins in Australia. ŠKODA Australia is pleased to introduce the third-generation Superb Sedan and Wagon to its award-winning line-up, with a range of highperformance petrol engines and a fuel efficient diesel engine.
The name alone is a commitment: a ŠKODA Superb has to be something special.
The ŠKODA Superb is driving the brand forward with its new, modern and emotionally-rich design, The Superb’s above-average spaciousness has once again been improved and it benefits technically from Volkswagen Group’s innovative MQB technology. Generous dimensions, innovative assistance systems for safety, environment and comfort, powerful engines and ‘Simply Clever’ details, typical of ŠKODA, move the brand’s flagship to the upper end of the large car segment. In short, the new Superb is the highlight of ŠKODA’s largest-ever model campaign.
The ‘Superb’ name has to be earned by a ŠKODA. Never before have such enormous demands been placed on the design of a ŠKODA, and never before has so much new technology been incorporated into the design of a new model. Never before have there been so many ‘Simply Clever’ concepts and never before have the ŠKODA engineers managed to deliver so much space for the driver, passengers and their luggage. A plethora of new Driver Assist systems from higher vehicle classes is available for greater safety and comfort. The third-generation Superb is more powerful than ever and yet more economical thanks to a new generation of petrol and diesel engines.
Innovation and connectivity plays a large part in the philosophy of the new ŠKODA Superb, and both Sedan and Wagon variants feature a new-generationinfotainment system which automatically connects to a smartphone via SmartLink.
SmartLink includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which provide easy access to many apps from your personal smartphone on the car’s display.
A dynamic and elegant design revolution
The ŠKODA Superb’s new design demonstrates the emotional power of the brand.
ŠKODA cars have always embodied a high degree of functionality, reliability and excellent value for money. With the new Superb, ŠKODA is now underlining these qualities with a modern, expressive and emotionally-rich design. The new ŠKODA design language demonstrates assurance, dynamic elegance, balanced proportions and a striking appeal.
With this, the new ŠKODA Superb brings the exciting design language of the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ show car into production.
Upgrade – comfort and space in a new dimension
The generous amount of space and the high level of comfort have been some of the ŠKODA Superb’s specific strengths from the very beginning. The third-generation model sets new standards in this respect.
Compared to the already generous space of the previous model, the spaciousness of the new Superb has again increased. The use of MQB has especially contributed to this expansion, enabling a longer wheelbase and wider track thus allowing the interior to be used more effectively.
The result is significantly more space in the front and rear. The driver and front passenger can enjoy 39mm more elbow room and more headroom. The space in the rear is almost ‘princely’.
Rear legroom has expanded to 157mm and headroom is now 980mm. Meanwhile, elbow room in the rear has increased by 69mm. The boot capacity is also comfortably roomy: at 625 litres for the sedan and 660 litres for the wagon, it is 60 litres bigger than in the second-generation Superb.
With an array of completely new comfort solutions, the new ŠKODA flagship fulfils the highest demands. The new ŠKODA Superb is the brand’s first model to offer Adaptive Chassis Control including Driving Mode Selection. An entirely new top-tier three-zone air conditioning system ensures an optimal temperature and the best air quality on board. The new ŠKODA Superb is available with an optional electric panoramic sunroof for more comfort and a feel-good factor in the interior.
For the colder times of the year, there are heated seats, standard in the front and included in the optional Comfort Pack for the rear. The Comfort Pack also includes front ventilated seats with a cooling function for thermal regulation. The rain/light sensor automatically switches the windscreen wipers on and off and automatically switches between daytime running light and dipped beam depending on light conditions.
Driving in and out of parking spaces will be more convenient than ever before in the new ŠKODA Superb. The model has the newest generation of Automatic Parking Assist (in the optional Tech Pack) for automatic parking. Furthermore, the ŠKODA flagship has Rear View Camera as standard for the first time. The classic handbrake has also been replaced with a standard electric parking brake in the new Superb.
The new ŠKODA Superb has modern, direct-injection turbocharged engines based on MQB technology (two TSI petrol, one TDI common-rail diesel). All powertrains come with stop-start technology and brake energy recuperation as standard. The petrol engines produce 162kW and 206kW. The power output of the diesel engine is 140kW.
All powertrains are available with dual-clutch transmissions, with the 162TSI and 140TDI in front wheel drive configuration, while the 206TSI comes standard with the latest electronically-controlled multi-plate clutch coupling 4-wheel drive system.
Safety without compromises
The new ŠKODA Superb wows with a level of safety that has not previously been seen as standard for vehicles in this segment. The new Superb is fitted as standard with Electronic Stability Control including Multi-Collision Brake, as well as the following safety features fitted as standard: Front Assist with City Emergency Brake, Rear View Camera, Fatigue Detection, Passenger Protect Assist, electronic Tyre Pressure Monitoring, nine airbags, five three-point automatic seat belts with fastening alerts, Bi-Xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, as well as safety headrests. XDL, an enhanced function of the electronic differential lock, also comes as standard.
Boasting unprecedented levels of refinement and standard equipment, both the all new Superb Sedan and Wagon represent excellent value for customers with the latest in safety and convenience features. However, should customers wish to add further exclusivity to their vehicle, a number of optional packages are also available.
Available for both 162TSI and 140TDI Superb models, the optional Image Pack adds 19-inch Anthracite alloy wheels, keyless entry and start and alarm, Driving Mode Selection, LED interior ambient lighting, steering wheel gearshift paddles and 15mm lowered sports suspension. These features are standard on the 206TSI Superb 4×4.
In combination with the Image Pack fitted to 162TSI and 140TDI models, the optional Tech Pack adds a host of assistance and convenience systems to the new Superb. These include: The third-generation Automatic Parking Assist system, Lane Assist, Side Assist – Blind Spot Detection, Rear Traffic Alert, Traffic Jam Assist, Emergency Assist, Adaptive Chassis Control, the Virtual Pedal hands-free tailgate system and a premium twelvespeaker Canton sound system. This package can also be added to 206TSI Superb models, which already feature Image Pack inclusions as standard equipment.
Further adding exclusivity and practicality to the new Superb, the optional Comfort Pack adds: perforated leather-appointed seat upholstery (available in beige or black), front ventilated seats with cooling function, rear heated seats, and a front passenger seat that can be electrically adjusted from the rear.
Superb Sedan 162TSI DSG $39,990
Superb Sedan 140TDI DSG $43,990
Superb Sedan 206TSI 4×4 DSG $50,990
Wagon body style surcharge $1,700
Image Pack (162TSI and 140TDI only) $1,700
Tech Pack (162TSI and 140TDI) $4,700
Tech Pack (206TSI 4×4) $3,400
Comfort Pack (all variants) $1,500
* Prices quoted are Manufacturer List Prices excluding dealer delivery charges, which may vary from dealer to dealer and statutory charges, which vary from state to state.
New Mazda3: Added Safety, Smoother Driving, Refreshed Styling
Mazda3 has received a range of innovative additions, and price reductions, that will make it even more appealing to small car buyers.
Boasting a stylish interior and exterior re-design and improved ride and handling, New Mazda3 features new i-ACTIVSENSE safety technology; including Smart City Brake Support-Forward (SCBS-F) which is now standard across the range, while Mazda3 Maxx and all grades above it get SCBS-Reverse (SCBS-R), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
Making New Mazda3 safer still is the inclusion of Driver Attention Alert (DAA) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) on the Mazda3 SP25 GT, and the range-topping Astina adds the Lane-Keep Assist System (LAS) and Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH) as standard equipment.
New Mazda3* also gets an Electric Parking Brake and Electric folding mirrors, DAB+ digital radio, a Drive selector switch is available on automatic models, there are three new exterior colours to choose from, and Pure White leather – an all-new seat trim on Mazda3 – is available as an option.
With Mazda3 Neo pricing remaining at $20,490 (MLP) – but packed with an assortment of new equipment, prices have fallen on all other models by between $1,000 and $1,550 compared to the outgoing model that included the safety pack option.
“Mazda has improved what is already an excellent car”, said Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak.
“The updated i-ACTIVSENSE safety technology inclusions make Mazda3 one of the safest cars in its class, while the enhanced drive and handling characteristics – something that Mazda is renowned for – are sure to impress all that drive it.”
The front-end of the New Mazda3 has been re-designed, and includes a new front grille and signature wing that combine with the adoption of either new Halogen or LED headlamps to create a bolder, more aggressive expression.
The dynamic flow – that articulates KODO in its purest form – gracefully runs through to the rear of the car to convey rhythmical motion, joining the rear bumper, which expresses a composed sense of stability.
LED fog lamps are available on all models from the Maxx grade, while electric folding mirrors are standard across the range and are automatic on Touring and above.
The New Mazad3 also gets a stylish interior makeover. The decorative panel is now more three dimensional in shape, the inner handle bezel of the door trim features a sharper, smoother design, and the inclusion of satin chrome, and other metallic materials, collectively heighten the feeling of quality.
Vehicles equipped with Electric Parking Brake (EPB) feature a new centre console design made possible thanks to the extra space in this area, while the Active Driving Display* is now presented in full colour, with DAB+ digital radio also available.
New Mazda3 also offers improved handling performance and ride comfort, thanks to G-Vectoring Control – a world-first Mazda technology that improves chassis balance – and Electric Power Assist Steering, damper and suspension enhancements. Occupants will also experience a quieter drive thanks to better NVH.
Available in eight contemporary colours, including the all-new Machine Grey, Sonic Silver and Eternal Blue, New Mazda3 is offered with two engine types.
The 2.0 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol with 114kW of power and 200Nm of torque is available on Neo, Maxx and Touring grades. The more powerful 2.5 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine – with 138kW of power and 250Nm of torque – comes standard on SP25, GT and Astina variants. The 2.2 litre SKYACTIV-D Diesel is no longer offered.
Like other Mazda passenger and SUV vehicles, New Mazda3 is available with a choice of either the SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission.
New Mazda3 goes on sale from 1 August, 2016.
* Grade dependant
Pricing – Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) for sedan and hatch
Volkswagen Australia confirms details of Golf GTI 40 Years edition
Volkswagen Australia confirms details of Golf GTI 40 Years edition-
- Marks the 40th anniversary of the iconic Golf GTI
- The most powerful production GTI to date with 195kW of engine power
- New boost function increases output to 213kW of power
- Distinctive body styling package provides increased downforce
- Exclusive interior appointments enhance the premium sports theme
Sydney – Volkswagen Australia is pleased to announce that a special 40th anniversary edition of the Golf GTI will arrive on Australian shores in June this year: the Golf GTI 40 Years. This exclusive model will be available in limited numbers and offers a premium package over the standard GTI.
The Golf GTI 40 Years has strong performance credentials – it is the most powerful production GTI to date, with an engine output of 195kW. A new boost function gives the vehicle a further power-up to 213kW, and also provides 380Nm of torque upon full ‘kick down’ of the acceleration for around 10 seconds each time.
The Golf GTI 40 Years incorporates some of the best technical features of the earlier Golf GTI Performance model, including: larger brakes, sophisticated front differential lock, 19” alloy wheels with a unique design, and adaptive chassis control. The new model has then further raised the bar with a host of distinctive offerings.
A unique and purposeful styling treatment simultaneously upholds the Golf GTI’s legacy and sets the 40 Year model apart. A bespoke body kit including a new front bumper with larger air intakes and a two-piece rear roof spoiler gives the GTI an aggressive stance on the road and significantly increases downforce. Meanwhile, a black side stripe on the body and the choice of a traditional tornado red and pure white paint exterior pay tribute to the original GTI. The interior conveys a premium sport quality, with unique anniversary ‘honeycomb’ seat upholstery (featuring the GTI logo) and decorative inlays as well as an Alcantara-covered steering wheel and door trim inserts.
Other specification highlights include:
- Choice of gloss paint finishes with a contrasting black roof or Metallic paint finish
- Black door mirrors
- Revised rear bumper with new diffusor
- Large diameter exhaust tailpipes, left and right
- Darkened LED tail lights, reminiscent of the Golf R
- Extended side sills
- Traditional GTI-themed red stitching on wheel, seat belts and floor mats
- Front door sill strips with new GTI emblem
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
- Front Assist with City Emergency Brake (City EB)
- Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert
This comprehensive equipment package adds a retail price premium of just $2,500 to the Golf GTI Performance model, arriving at a recommended retail price of $48,990. The Golf GTI 40 Years will initially be available with 6-speed DSG transmission as standard.
With such a high level of standard specification, the only option available is a panoramic electric glass sunroof for $1,850 RRP.
With incredible value for an extremely compelling premium performance package, the limited release Golf GTI 40 Years celebrates the tremendous success of the Golf GTI range, past and present, in style.
The model is available for customers to order now from Volkswagen Australia’s dealer network.
All-new Kia Optima Sportswagon, making its global debut at Geneva Motor Show
Geneva, 1 March 2016 – The all-new Kia Optima Sportswagon, Kia’s first ever D-segment tourer, makes its global premiere today at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show (86th Salon International de l’Automobile).
Inspired by the 2015 SPORTSPACE concept – shown for the first time at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show – the Optima Sportswagon offers the striking exterior design and high quality interior of the 2016 Optima sedan, with the added practicality and appeal of a tourer bodystyle.
Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Europe, commented: “The Optima has come to define Kia globally, and is credited with kick-starting the brand’s design-led transformation. The SPORTSPACE concept from 2015 was a clear intention of where we wanted to take the Optima next, and the Sportswagon adds an extra level of style and practicality to the well-received sedan.”
Cole added: “This is an important product for Kia in Europe, and it will increase our presence in this hugely important segment. In Europe, two thirds of all sales in the D-segment, and three quarters of all fleet sales in this class, are made up of tourers, so the Optima Sportswagon will play a critical role in attracting new private and corporate buyers to the brand. This is an important conquest product for Kia.”
The Optima Sportswagon will be available with a choice of efficient and responsive gasoline and diesel powertrains, including a high-powered GT model. The Optima Sportswagon is equipped with a range of innovative safety assistance and infotainment features, ensuring maximum occupant safety, comfort and enjoyment.
The Optima Sportswagon is due to go on sale across Europe in Q4 2016.
The all-new Optima Sportswagon: Kia’s first-ever D-segment tourer
Inspired by the Kia SPORTSPACE concept shown at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Optima Sportswagon is Kia’s first foray into the competitive D-segment tourer segment. A thoroughly practical vehicle for everyday use, the Optima Sportswagon will also be among the most stylish cars in its class, with a long, lean and dynamic profile. The Sportswagon retains the same width (1,860 mm) and length (4,855 mm) as the sedan, and grows by 5 mm in height (to 1,470 mm) to accommodate the expanded boot.
The new Optima Sportswagon features the same sharp lines and smooth bodywork that has come to define the latest Kia models. While the front of the car remains the same as the Optima sedan, its strong, rising shoulder and gently sloping, swept-back cabin continue for longer to produce its distinctive tourer body shape.
The overhang at the rear adds greater visual volume to the back of the vehicle, though this extra mass is disguised elegantly by the raked rear window and tapering roofline, giving the Sportswagon a genuinely athletic stance in a typically conservative segment.
At the rear of the car, wide LED tail lamps wrap around the corners of the bodywork. The rear bumper houses a single oval exhaust and features an integrated air diffuser, for a sporty finish.
The Optima Sportswagon will be available in Europe in a choice of nine paint colours, and will ride on alloy wheels ranging from 16- to 18-inches in diameter.
High quality interior with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™
The all-new Kia Optima Sportswagon offers a premium-quality, driver-focused interior, with features and technologies typically associated with vehicles from the class above.
The wide dashboard, designed along a horizontal plane, helps to create a genuine sense of spaciousness and modernity, with the same high material quality and design that characterises the interior of the Optima sedan. For a quality ambience, the cabin is finished with a high proportion of soft-touch materials, cloth and leather trim in natural tones, and tasteful metallic accents. High levels of soundproofing reduce driver fatigue during long journeys and when travelling over broken surfaces.
The new Sportswagon is available with a choice of single- or two-tone colour interior schemes: single-tone (black) or two-tone (dark grey with light grey) in cloth or leather trim. The console is finished in gloss black and chrome.
The same technologies that make the Optima sedan one of the most innovative cars in the D-segment are featured in the Optima Sportswagon – a range of on-board technologies to improve usability, comfort and convenience.
The Optima Sportswagon is equipped with Kia’s latest audio-visual navigation (AVN) system, available with 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment – the latter when specified with the satellite navigation system. DAB digital radio, which is available across a number of European markets, is fully supported with Kia’s AVN.
The Optima Sportswagon will additionally be among the first Kia models to feature Android Auto™, designed to work with Android phones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher, and Apple CarPlay™ for iPhone 5 or newer. Available from launch of the Optima Sportswagon, both systems feature voice control and allow the driver to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road ahead at all times.
Android Auto™ connects to the user’s phone and lets them access smartphone apps and functions through the in-car infotainment system, such as voice-guided Google Maps navigation, hands-free calls and texts and voice recognition. Android Auto™ also lets users stream music from Google Play Music.
Apple CarPlay™ will enable full Siri voice control to control the phone’s various functions and apps, including navigation via Apple Maps, calls and text dictation. Apple CarPlay™ also supports other audio apps, such as music streaming or audiobooks, that the user may have downloaded to their iPhone.
The AVN system also offers the full Kia Connected Services package, with up-to-date, driver-oriented information. Provided by technology company TomTom, the broad range of available connectivity features includes live traffic updates, speed camera alerts, local search and weather forecasts. In Europe, the system will be available to Optima Sportswagon buyers free of charge for seven years after the car’s purchase.
The touchscreen infotainment system is paired with a six-speaker audio system as standard, while music lovers can also specify a powerful 490-watt Harman Kardon Premium Sound system, with eight speakers, an external amplifier and subwoofer, and Clari-Fi MP3 restoration technology.
The Optima Sportswagon is available with Kia’s new wireless charger for mobile devices, situated at the base of the central console. The 5W wireless charger lets users charge their phone on the move, without a wire. With ‘foreign object detection’, the charging system activates when a compatible device is placed on the pad and warns owners when they’ve left a phone on the charger when they leave the vehicle. The system displays the phone’s charging condition on the instrument cluster, and features a safety system to prevent overheating while in use.
The Optima Sportswagon additionally features two USB charging points, one in the front and one in the rear, to allow passengers to charge mobile devices, depending on trim level.
Depending on market, other available features will include: 360-degree Around View Monitor, with four cameras helping the driver to manoeuvre when parking by displaying a birds-eye view of the Optima Sportswagon on the touchscreen; Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS), which parks the car automatically in parallel and perpendicular spaces and helps drivers safely leave a parking space; and Dynamic Bending Headlamps, which sweep the road ahead in line with the steering wheel for greater visibility and improved safety at night.
Versatile practicality features with 40:20:30 split-folding rear seats
The all-new Optima Sportswagon is the most practical Optima ever, with generous cargo capacity and a range of innovative and useful features to ensure the best possible use of storage space.
The additional cargo space resulting from the tourer bodystyle makes the Optima Sportswagon one of the most practical cars in its class, with up to 552 litres (VDA) of cargo space behind the second row of seats (subject to the final development of the car’s packaging before its on-sale date later this year).
A series of highly ergonomic features in the boot render the car more practical than many other D-segment tourers. These include a safety barrier net built in to the back of the rear seats and pop-up sliding luggage rails to secure individual items which are likely to slide or roll around the boot. A low, flat boot lip, and a Smart Power Tailgate – which opens the boot automatically when the Optima’s smart key is located in close proximity to the rear tailgate – enables owners to load heavy items easily.
Highly-versatile 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats are fitted as standard, enabling owners to slide longer outdoor equipment – such as skis or snowboards – through the central seat, while two rear passengers can still sit in comfort.
High strength bodyshell with active safety technologies
The new Sportswagon offers a high level of safety from its lightweight, high-strength body and high levels of passive and active safety. Kia’s engineers have targeted a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating throughout the Optima Sportswagon’s development programme. The Optima sedan recently scored the maximum five-star rating from the independent safety organisation.
The bodyshell of the Optima Sportswagon benefits from the extensive application of Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS), which makes up a similarly high proportion of the body as that of the Optima sedan. AHSS has been used to reinforce the car’s A and B-pillars, side sills, floor and front wheel arches, with particular attention paid to the roof, C-pillar and rear bulkhead, which have been adapted in the Optima’s transition from sedan to tourer.
Inside the strong bodyshell, passive occupant safety is assured with driver, driver knee, passenger, two front side and two curtain airbags all fitted as standard.
The Kia Optima Sportswagon is expected to be a strong performer in Euro NCAP’s increasingly important Safety Assist category thanks to the adoption of a series of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), under Kia’s new ‘DRiVE WISE’ sub-brand. DRiVE WISE embodies Kia’s philosophy to realise intelligently safe vehicles featuring Kia’s latest and forthcoming ADAS technologies. The Optima Sportswagon is therefore available with a suite of new DRiVE WISE active safety technologies, designed to avoid or mitigate the effects of a collision.
Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) is fitted as standard, ensuring stability under braking and cornering by controlling the car’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and electric motor-driven power steering if it detects a loss of traction.
The Optima Sportswagon is available with a wide range of optional active hazard-avoidance technologies, depending on market. These include:
- Advanced Smart Cruise Control (SCC), which automatically adjusts the Optima’s speed to maintain a safe distance from vehicles in front
- Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)*, which employs a long-range radar detection system to detect a potential collision with another vehicle or pedestrian and help bring the car to a halt
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), which detects the Optima’s position in relation to lane markings and takes automatic corrective action if it senses the car starting to draft without the use of indicators
- High Beam Assist (HBA), which automatically adjusts headlamp range according to other vehicles and road conditions
- Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), displaying the speed limit in the driver’s instrument cluster based on cameras detecting roadside signs
- Blind Spot Detection (BSD), with a visual warning in the door mirror when another car enters the driver’s blind spot
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), which warns against other cars driving behind the Optima in car parks while reversing.
The Optima Sportswagon’s AEB system is unique in its segment in Europe for offering not just a short-range radar, but also a longer-range unit which is able to identify cars and pedestrians further away and at higher speeds than many competitors.
When the Optima Sportswagon’s radar and camera simultaneously detect a potential collision, the car alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings at first, with autonomous emergency braking able to activate if necessary. Depending on the situation, the visual and audible warnings can activate at the same time as the AEB system.
In ‘City mode’, AEB scans the road ahead for stationary vehicles, helping to avoid or mitigate the effects of front collisions when Optima is travelling at speeds of between 8 and 60 kph. ‘Urban mode’ detects potential collisions with other moving vehicles, with AEB functioning at closing speeds of between 8 and 80 kph relative to the speed of the Optima Sportswagon and the vehicle in front. In addition, AEB features pedestrian detection, designed to identify pedestrians when the car is travelling at speeds of between eight and 60 kph, helping to reduce the risk or mitigate the effects of a potential collision.
*The Autonomous Emergency Braking System (AEBS) is an assistance system and does not relieve the driver from his/her responsibility to safely operate the vehicle at any time. The driver still has to adapt his/her driving behaviour to his/her personal driving capabilities, to the legal requirements and to the overall road and traffic conditions. AEBS is not designed to drive the vehicle autonomously. For further information, please refer to the owner’s manual.
Smooth ride, agile handling and optional electronic suspension
Central to the appeal of the new Optima sedan is its ride comfort, high-speed stability and engaging handling. The Optima Sportswagon’s suspension system has been engineered to isolate vibrations and bumps from poor road surfaces, and while improving handling agility.
The Optima sedan’s fully-independent suspension hardware is carried over for the new Sportswagon derivative, however spring, damper and alignment settings have been adapted for the new tourer due to the new version’s different weight distribution, which is slightly more rear-biased.
The development brief for the Optima’s fully-independent suspension – compared to the last-generation Kia Optima – saw engineers move front and rear subframe mounting points further out towards the edge of the vehicle for a smoother ride over uneven surfaces. Two additional front bushing mounts (now four) increase lateral stiffness, while more robust wheel bearings complete the front suspension changes. The results are evident in the Optima Sportswagon’s quick responses to steering inputs, high level of traction under cornering and stability on motorways and poor surfaces.
At the rear, the Optima’s multi-link suspension features large dual lower-arms with thick, highly energy-absorbent bushings. Further defining the Optima’s ride and handling characteristics, stability and bump absorption are both high.
The Optima Sportswagon is equipped with Kia’s new rack-mounted electric motor-driven power steering system (R-MDPS), fitted as standard for European models with the 1.7-litre CRDi engine and GT models, eqpowered by the new 2.0-litre T-GDI engine. Mounted directly on the steering rack, rather than on the column, R-MDPS provides a high level of steering feel and quick, linear responses to driver inputs – particularly around the centre. R-MDPS enhances the Sportswagon’s sharp handling characteristics, and places it among the most agile cars in the D-segment.
Customers can specify an optional electronic controlled suspension system with internal valves (ECS), to deliver ride and handling tailored exclusively to the tastes of European drivers. ECS employs internal valves for each of the four dampers, and is connected to a G-force sensor in the ECU and two G-force sensors built into the front wheels. Using these sensors, ECS detects steering inputs and accelerator pedal position, and monitors road conditions, to adapt the suspension for a firmer, sportier ride or for greater comfort – drivers can choose from ‘sport’ and ‘normal’ modes accordingly. The system provides individualised damping force for each wheel more quickly than ever before. ECS will be available from launch on models fitted with the 1.7-litre CRDi diesel engine, and will be fitted as standard to all 2.0-litre T-GDI GT models.
Choice of gasoline and diesel power with manual or automatic transmissions
The front-wheel drive Optima Sportswagon will be available with a range of Euro 6-compliant gasoline and diesel engines when it goes on sale across Europe. The Optima Sportswagon offers the choice of either a 1.7-litre CRDi diesel or 2.0-litre CVVL gasoline engine, while GT models are equipped with Kia’s new high-powered 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection engine.
Upgraded for its application in the Optima sedan and carried over unchanged in the Sportswagon, the 1.7-litre CRDi diesel engine will account for the majority of European sales. The engine benefits from a series of modifications, resulting in greater power output and torque, and reduced emissions. Producing 104kW and 340 Nm torque, the upgraded 1.7-litre diesel engine will offer low CO2 emissions and high economy, pending final homologation later in 2016.
The 1.7-litre CRDi engine is available with a six-speed manual transmission or Kia’s new seven-speed double-clutch transmission, capable of handling the higher torque outputs of the turbodiesel engine and engineered to offer a sportier driving experience with smooth and instantaneous gear changes.
The Optima Sportswagon is also available with a 2.0-litre CVVL gasoline engine, featuring continuously variable valve lift technology for smooth delivery of its 120kW power output and keen accelerative response. The 2.0-litre CVVL gasoline engine can be specified with either six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. The high-powered Optima Sportswagon GT features Kia’s new 2.0-litre T-GDI GT gasoline engine 180kW and 353nM), which transmits engine power through a six-speed automatic.
Kia Optima Sportswagon on-sale from Q4 2016
The Optima Sportswagon will go on sale across Europe in Q4 2016, with the company’s unique 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty as standard. Built exclusively for Europe, the Optima Sportswagon will be built at Kia’s Hwasung manufacturing facility in Korea.
Editor’s note: All technical data in this press release are based on the Optima sedan model and may differ from the Optima Sportswagon. Full technical details of the Optima Sportswagon will be released closer to the official vehicle launch.
ALL NEW KIA OPTIMA SPORTSWAGON
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS (EUROPE)
Body and chassis
Four-door, five-seater tourer, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell. Choice of diesel and gasoline four-cylinder engines driving the front wheels via manual or automatic transmission – depending on model.
2.0-litre / 163 ps CVVL gasoline
Type Four cylinder in-line, naturally aspirated
Capacity 2.0-litres, 1,999 cc
Bore and stroke 81.0 x 97.0 mm
Compression ratio 10.3:1
Max power 120 kW @ 6,500 rpm
Max torque 196 Nm @ 4,800 rpm
Valves 16 (four per cylinder)
Fuel system Continuously variable valve lift
Emissions class Euro Stage 6b
1.7-litre / 141 ps CRDi diesel
Type DOHC, four cylinder in-line, turbocharged
Capacity 1.7-litres, 1,685 cc
Bore and stroke 77.2 x 90.0 mm
Compression ratio 15.7:1
Max power 104 kW @ 4,000 rpm
Max torque 340 Nm @ 1,750-2,500 rpm
Valves 16 (four per cylinder)
Fuel system Common-rail direct injection
Emissions class Euro Stage 6b
2.0-litre / 245 ps T-GDI Gasoline
Type Four cylinder in-line, turbocharged
Capacity 2.0-litres, 1,998 cc
Bore and stroke 86.0 x 86.0 mm
Compression ratio 10:1
Max power 180 kW @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque 353 Nm @ 1,350-4,000 rpm
Valves 16 (four per cylinder)
Fuel system Direct injection
Emissions class Euro Stage 6b
2.0 CVVL 1.7 CRDi 2.0 T-GDI
Manual 6-sp 6-sp —
Automatic 6-sp 7DCT 6-sp
2.0 CVVL 1.7 CRDi 2.0 T-GDI
MT AT MT AT AT
1 3.615 4.400 3.615 3.786 4.766
2 2.080 2.726 1.931 2.261 2.946
3 1.387 1.834 1.696 1.957 1.917
4 1.079 1.392 1.241 1.023 1.420
5 0.884 1.000 0.921 0.778 1.000
6 0.744 0.774 0.780 0.837 0.772
7 — — — 0.681 —
Reverse 3.000 3.440 3.731 5.074 3.393
Final Drive 1 4.533 3.383 3.765 3.158 2.885
Suspension and damping
Front Fully-independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar
Rear Fully-independent by subframe-mounted double wishbones, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar
2.0 CVVL 1.7 CRDi 2.0 T-GDI
Gearing 14.34:1 13.29:1 14:34:1
Turns, lock-to-lock 2.78 2.6 2.78
Turning circle 5.45 metres
Type Electric motor-driven rack-and-pinion power steering
2.0 CVVL Column-mounted electric motor (C-MDPS)
1.7 CRDi Rack-mounted electric motor (R-MDPS)
2.0 T-GDI Rack-mounted electric motor (R-MDPS)
Front 300~320 mm ventilated discs (330 mm, 2.0 T-GDI)
Rear 284~300 mm solid discs (314 mm ventilated discs, 2.0 T-GDI)
Wheels and tyres
Standard Alloy 16-inch, 215/60 R16 tyres
Standard, 2.0 T-GDI Alloy 18-inch, 235/45 R18 tyres
Optional Alloy 17-inch, 215/55 R17 tyres
Alloy 18-inch, 235/45 R18 tyres
Spare Tyre mobility kit
Overall length 4.855 Overall width* 1,860
Overall height 1,470 Wheelbase 2,805
Front track 1,614 Rear track 1,621
Front overhang 965 Rear overhang 1.085
Ground clearance 135
*excluding door mirrors
1st row 2nd row
Head room 1,020 970
Leg room 1,155 905
Shoulder room 1,475 1,432
Hip room 1,423 1,422
Fuel tank 70 litres
Luggage (VDA)* 552 litres (to second row seats)
*luggage capacity figures liable to change, pending final stages of packaging development
2.0 CVVL 1.7 CRDi 2.0 T-GDI
MT AT MT AT AT
Curb weight 1,475 1,495 1,545 1,560 TBC
Gross weight 2,070 2,090 2,140 2,150 TBC
Tow capacity, braked 1,700 1,300 1,800 1,500 TBC
Tow capacity, unbraked 750 650 750 750 TBC
*All technical data complies with homologation regulations from other global regions (Russia, Australia, General Markets, Eastern Europe). European homologation is scheduled to take place closer to the car’s launch.