PARIS -- Jaguar will debut the new station wagon version of the XF in mid-2017, the automaker said at the auto show here. Unlike the previous-generation wagon, the new XF Sportbrake will offer all-wheel drive in its diesel variants, Jaguar Land Rover sales director Andy Goss said at a press conference. The old XF wagon only offered all-wheel drive in gasoline-powered variants.
The upgrade will help the XF Sportbrake compete better against rivals such as the BMW 5-series Touring and Audi A6 Avant, especially in Alpine countries within Europe.
“We will continue to grow our reputation as all-weather experts with all-wheel drive available on every vehicle and a toolbox of traction technology to give our drivers confidence whatever the conditions,” Goss said.
In Europe, wagons accounted for 50 percent of total large premium vehicle sales last year compared with 44 percent for sedans and hatchbacks and 6 percent for coupes and convertibles, according to figures from JATO Dynamics.
This is why Jaguar is re-entering the market and Volvo will offer two wagon variants -- the V90 and high-riding V90 Cross Country -- in the region. In addition, a Mercedes-Benz spokesman told Automotive News Europe that the company expects to sell slightly more wagon versions of the new E class in Germany than sedan variants next year.