2016 Geneva Show Highlights: The Band-Wagon Edition

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Station wagon isn’t popular in my country, Indonesia where people prefer to buy an MPV or a 7-seater SUV, so they can let friends or family to join them. In Europe, the estate is quite popular. Almost all cars which is sold there have station wagon model. And at 2016 Geneva Motor Show, some carmakers unveiled its latest wagon to the crowd. From the cool 2017 Kia Optima Sportwagon, 2017 Fiat Tipo Station Wagon, to the long-awaited 2017 Volvo V90.

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2017 Fiat Tipo Station Wagon (SW) was revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The Italian company adds a new type for Tipo sedan after Fiat introduced it last January. So, it has the exactly same exterior design from front side to rear part. But it is 4.57 meters length, 1.51 meters height, 1.79 meters width, and 550-liter for load capacity (which is the most important thing for a wagon). And just like any other estates, Fiat adds roof rack so you can bring your ski or anything you want on the roof.

Under the hood, Fiat offers both gasoline and diesel engines. For diesel, there are 1.3 liter Multijet producing 95 hp and 1.6 liter Multijet producing 120 hp. The Italian car company has some choices for gasoline engine, there are Fire 1.4 liter producing 95 hp, 1.4 liter T-Jet has 120 hp, and 1.6 liter e-torQ produces 110 hp. All the engines are mated to 5- or 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic transmission.

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South Korea car manufacture, Kia, is one of car companies which launch the wagon car to the market, rarely. And at 2016 Geneva Motor Show the ‘Tiger Nose’ company made a surprise by revealing 2017 Optima Sportwagon. Although this is not its first wagon (Kia Rio Wagon), but the company has to develop it carefully. The result is cool (in my opinion). Named 2017 Kia Optima Sportwagon, it could be one of good-looking station wagon on earth.

For exterior design, just like its sibling with 4-door sedan body type, it’s still look good with aggressive face accompanied by a Kia’s Tiger Nose grille. But when you see it from right or left side, you will see the differentiate. Optima Sportwagon is slightly longer and higher than sedan version. And at the rear, Kia’s designers changed the placement of LED taillights. Now, the turn signal and reverse lights are above the LED taillights.

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Just like what I said before, the station wagon is all about load capacity. Kia Optima Sportwagon has 553 liter, which means 48 liter bigger than sedan version. Designed with versatile 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats as standard, the wagon allows users to slide longer outdoor equipment, such as snowboards or skis, through the central seat, while still allowing the two rear passengers to sit in comfort. Other features include a safety barrier net, built into the back of the rear seats, pop-up sliding luggage rails, low, flat boot lip and Smart Power Tailgate.

For the powertrain, Kia offers gasoline engine, 2.0 liter producing 161 hp, and 2.0 liter turbocharged produces 242 hp. For diesel lovers, Optima Sportwagon has 1.7 liter turbodiesel producing 139 hp.

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From France, there is 2017 Renault Megane Sport Tourer that made its world debut at 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Yes, this is an estate version of latest Megane hatch that has been sold a few months back. No wonder it has the exactly the same exterior and interior design. Still, you can see the tear-like headlights at the front and unique LED taillights at the rear.

Its dimension, Megane Sport Tourer is still have the same wheelbase as hatchback version, 2,712 mm. For other parts, Megane Wagon is 4,626 mm length which means longer than the hatchback.  the extended rear overhang boosting its regular luggage capacity from 434 liters to 580 liters. It also boasts the longest load area in its segment, which includes the Ford Focus Wagon and VW Golf Estate, at 2.77m in length.It comes equipped with Renault’s Easy Folding system that enables simple unlocking and automatic folding of the 60/40-split rear seat, as well as added lateral storage bins and a 50dm3VDA hidden compartment beneath the floor.

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For the engine, Renault offers various powertrains for petrol and diesel engines. For gasoline, there are 1.2 liter and 1.6 liter. Meanwhile for diesel, Renault offers 1.5 liter and 1.6 liter diesels. The carmaker gives a special offer for those who wants to buy the flagship model, Megane Sport Tourer GT. It has 163 hp for diesel engine and 202 hp for gasoline power.

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At 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Volvo introduced its latest wagon line-up, 2017 V90. Yes, finally we see the latest estate from Swedish company since financial crisis hit it. As you know, a station wagon is one of brand’s heritage since 1950s and Volvo Duett was the first ever wagon from  Swedish carmaker.

“We have a very strong position in the estate segment,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “In many people’s minds we are known as the definitive estate brand. While the Volvo brand today stands for more than estates, we are proud to carry forward this rich heritage with the V90.”

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Volvo V90 is also built on Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) like XC90 and S90. Speaking of exterior design, latest V90 comes up with similar design to S90 and XC90. Up front, we still see the Thor’s Hammer-like LED Daytime Running Lights. And at the rear, there are LED taillights on the D-pillar which has become Volvo’s identity for a long time. And thanks to sloping tailgate as a modern touch, Volvo V90 looks more elegant.

Compare to its sibling, S90. The estate is 4,936 mm length, and 1,890 mm width which means that V90 is longer and wider than the sedan version. For luggage capacity, V90 has 1,526 liter. Unfortunately, it’s still left behind its rival such as, Mercedes E-Class Wagon (1,850 – 1,950 liter), and BMW 5-Series Touring (1,670 liter).

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There are at least five engines you can choose when you decide to buy 2017 Volvo V90. There are two choices for petrol machine T5 which has 254 hp, and T6 AWD producing 320 hp. For diesel, Volvo offers D4 produces 190 hp, and D5 AWD makes 235 hp. And for hybrid, there’s T8 AWD that can producing 410 hp.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Fiat, Kia, Renault, & Geneva Motor Show

 

 

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