Jaguar XF wagon confirmed

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Jaguar has confirmed plans to build a wagon version of the shapely XF.

As the British marques adds a four-cylinder turbodiesel as a new entry-level XF , the British marque has confirmed that it intends to take on the likes of Audi with a new wagon variant.

The last wagon Jaguar built was the X-Type (pictured) and though it wasn't a massive seller for the brand, Jaguar is confident a reborn XF estate could add valuable sales to the model line and challenge the likes of BMW’s 5 Series Touring and Audi A6 Avant.

"I can't say when or how much, but it is on the cards," said Andrew Whyman, XF Vehicle Engineering Manager for Jaguar, of a wagon version of the XF sedan.

A five door version of the XF would expand the range in the Australian market if a decision was made to import it, but its major market would be Europe where wagons are big business. Whyman said that the Audi A6 Avant, for instance, does huge numbers in some parts of Europe, and this is where the new model would be targeted.

Of the design, we can expect something special, says Whyman.

"Ian Callum [Jaguar design chief] will do something different with this. It will be slightly different, with character and panache."

It's not yet clear how far into the development cycle the new Jaguar XF wagon is, but it fits in with the Jaguar Land Rover group's long-term plan to release 40 major vehicle updates, including derivatives of current models, over the next five years.

Jaguar Australia's Brand Manager, Kevin Goult, told motoring.com.au that the local importer would consider bringing a future XF wagon variant to Australia, but that it may be a limited run model of sorts.

"We haven’t done any pricing for it and it's not to confirm or deny whether it's yes or no, but it [XF wagon] is certainly a model we'd consider for the future."

"We know there's the [BMW] 5 Series and 3 Series Touring models from BMW, and also the Audi stable has a few estates, so we have to compare ourselves against them," reasoned Goult.

"We need to consider what the market opportunity is. If [the forecast is for] very low volume, it might not be something that we bring in as a regular vehicle; it might be a retail only order, not a build for stock," Goult stated.

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Published : Monday, 4 July 2011
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