Jaguar is studying plans to expand sales of its new XF Sportbrake outside of Europe. Images of the sports car were released last Wednesday before it will be launched at the Geneva Motor Show. A Jaguar spokesman said that this is a “Europe-only car” for now but they may be offered in other markets in the long-term.
Jaguar has already said that the XF wagon won’t be offered in the U.S., where wagons are not as popular as they are in Europe. The XF Sportbrake will go up against the wagon versions of the BMW 5-series, Audi A6 and Mercedes E class. The Jaguar spokesman said that this new car will provide access to 30% more of the medium premium car market. Jaguar said that initially, the XF Sportbrake will make up about 20% of XF sales.
The spokesman added that this figure could increase. Jaguar will be competing with more established brands as this is actually its first wagon since production of the X-Type was stopped in 2008.
This new car will only be available in a diesel version, either a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.0-liter V6. Jaguar denied speculations and said that it will not produce a V8 gasoline version or an all-wheel-drive model. When the rear seats are down, the trunk space is 1,675 liters (which makes it just within five liters of the BMW 5-series Touring and A6 Avant).
The Mercedes E-class wagon has 1,950 liters. The XF Sportbrake offers self-levelling air suspension as standard. It also comes with a soft-close function on the tailgate. Dropping its rear seats could be done by moving the levers set into the floor of the boot. It also has an integrated panel that permits the area to be divided into three to wedge smaller loads. The vehicle will be introduced to the market in the third quarter of 2012. Jaguar will reveal its pricing details shortly before then.