TTAC readers, especially those in the United States may profess their undying love for station wagons, but their pleas tend to fall on deaf ears. Not so for European Jaguar dealers – their requests for a station wagon version of the XF will be fulfilled shortly.
A station wagon version of the XF, dubbed the Sportbrake will be unveiled at March’s Geneva Auto Show after a long period of rumors and whispers. It won’t be coming to America, since Jaguar claims that certifying the vehicle for the U.S. would cost too much to certify, due to the major changes carried out to produce the wagon.
The XF is Jaguar’s best-selling car, but sales in Europe are down 18 percent. Jaguar moved nearly 17,000 XFs in Europe, while BMW sold nearly 144,000 5-Series cars. It may be hard to make a business case for the XF wagon, but BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagons have long been popular with the 1 percent, a demographic that, as Paul Fussell notes, has an unhealthy obsession with all things British. Would the XF Sportbrake be a sort of under-the-radar halo vehicle for Jaguar, attracting the kind of moneyed clientele that an XK-RS wouldn’t? It’s tempting to think so, but the X-Type wagon (above) was also a spectacular flop.