The launch of Jaguar’s XF Sportbrake station wagon is eagerly awaited. This model is set to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. This is likely to go up against the wagon versions of the BMW 5 series, Audi A6 and Mercedes E class. Matthew Overall, dealer principle for Jaguar Brentwood in Essex, southern England, said that he believes this model would add 20% to 30% of “additional sales on top of the XF at the moment.”
No official delivery date has been announced but it’s expected that the delivery of XF Sportbrakes will start toward the end of the year.
Overall told Automotive News Europe that the company is hoping to get but the dealers needed it “sooner rather than later.” He said that Jaguar wants to improve on its offering of just three models and is now preparing to offer new cars soon. Jaguar said that there are presently no plans for the XF Sportbrake to be sold in North America since significant design changes are necessary to comply with U.S. federal regulations.
Market researchers JATO Dynamics said that the XF sedan is the top seller among Jaguar's three-model lineup. Its sales fell by almost 18% to 16,700 XF cars in Europe last year.
The BMW 5-series, the top-selling car in its class, reported a 30% increase to 143,804 units. Jaguar has yet to offer the complete details about the XF Sportbrake but it’s rumored that the wagon's engine line-up will come from the XF sedan. This implies an entry-level 2.2-liter diesel and rising to a 3.0-liter diesel with the possibility for luxury V8 gasoline versions. In 2009, Jaguar stopped sales of the X-Type (its first-ever wagon) due to poor sales of this car, which is based on the Ford Mondeo.