2012 Jaguar XF - Click above for high-res image gallery

Since this is a post about the development of a European wagon, we can get two things out of the way right now: we probably won't get it here in the United States, and there's no use crying about it and all the other awesome wagons we don't get. (It wasn't the manufacturers that forced U.S. buyers into crossovers, after all.) To the point, though, the next wagon we for which we'll lust from afar is the Jaguar XF estate, admitted by the XF's vehicle engineering manager to be in the works.

The only other detail given away is that "It will be slightly different, with character and panache," although we're not sure if he means something noticeably different from the XF line (other than a giant rump) or different from luxe wagons in general. Otherwise, we have no info on when it will arrive or how much it might cost, even though as far back as 2009 Jaguar said it would have an XF wagon in the pipeline. In December of last year, the company's global brand director said – in the context of Jaguar crossover rumors – we would see it "shortly."

With Mercedes the last premium European automaker to offer a wagon in the U.S., Jaguar might see how an XF hauler does against the E-Class/A6 Avant/5 Series Estate mob before committing it to our shores.


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      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally! A Jaguar that can fit all the tools and parts you need to carry 'just in case'.
      Mike McDonald
      • 3 Years Ago
      All we need in the U.S. is an XFR-S Estate.
      eitingon
      • 3 Years Ago
      "With Mercedes the last premium European automaker to offer a wagon in the U.S." BMW E91 3-series wagon is still available (though next generation wagon appears to be a no-go for US). Audi A4 Avant is still available. Mercedes is the last full-size premium Euro wagon...
        • 3 Years Ago
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        jessesrq
        • 3 Years Ago
        I am 31 and love station wagons. My first car was a Volvo 850 T-5 wagon, and I still miss it. I just started shopping for a new wagon and am frustrated by the lack of options, at least under $35k.
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          BG
          • 3 Years Ago
          You'd rather be seen in a crossover, just like every other imaginative and creative suburban consumer?
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      Ed
      • 3 Years Ago
      No, actually it WAS the manufacturers who forced people into crossovers by not offering wagons below $30k, while offering a slew of ~$20k. Crossover options (with bigger profit margins, and bigger ownership costs). Why can't you buy a Ford Fusion Wagon? Because they want you to buy an Escape. Why no Malibu Wagon? The Equinox... Why no Accord Wagon? The CRV/Crosstour.
        Jim R
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ed
        No, it was rising CAFE standards that forced manufacturers to build crossovers and SUVs. Full-size wagons would have dragged their fuel economy numbers down, so instead they built wagons on truck chassis, called them trucks so they wouldn't affect CAFE average and called them Sport Utility Vehicles. If it hadn't been for those asinine regulations we'd still have some affordable wagons.
        Susan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ed
        You are right about the profit margin. It was clever marketing. And absolutely brilliant was rebadging lower-price vehicles with leather seats and names like Escalade or Avalanche and convincing striving insecure suburbanites to spend an extra $25,000 for the name. And they fell for it, hundreds of thousands of them.
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      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      It needs to come here with a choice of diesel engine too! Specifically the 2.2 liter diesel!
        cpmanx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @guyverfanboy
        Right: Jaguar, you simply MUST sell us a wagon...with a diesel engine...and maybe throw in a six-speed manual transmission while you are at it. I mean, you won't sell even one of them in the US, but you'll make a couple AutoBlog posters happy, and isn't that what life is all about?
      HuskerBadger
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only other detail given away is that "It will be slightly different, with character and panache," I would love to see something along the lines of the new A7. No, it's not a true wagon/estate, but it does offer similar attributes. Besides, a "hatchback" XF would be HOT!!!
      Russ
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's just not right that the XF is more ridiculously more desirable than the XJ.
      David Ringgold Lardn
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have the X-Type Sportwagon...one of 1602 sold in the US and I am thrilled! I love that wagon. It's ultra reliable and unique and I will buy one of these if it's offered in the US. Good news!
        JasonERF
        • 3 Years Ago
        @David Ringgold Lardn
        I have an X-Type Sport and I LOVE it too! X-Type Pride FTW! lol. http://jasonerf.tumblr.com/post/5378836888
      sw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wagon's are not possible in the USA simply because very few people actually know how to drive. They simply do not understand the fundamental principles of mass and velocity. Since 2003 I been driving a performance rear wheel drive wagon through every major weather event, and most who visit my home have doubts their crossover all wheel drive vehicles would manage to summit my driveway. Funny thing is every time I drive to VT in a storm it's always the all wheel drive vehicles off the shoulder of the road. Wagons are far superior to the crap crossover vehicles we get here in the USA. Crossover vehicles have a higher center of gravity combined with a shorter wheel base, in most cases, requiring drivers to go much slower in slippery weather. But no, drivers in their sport utilities and cross over vehicles feel invincible having the ability to recklessly accelerate to dangerous speeds not understanding when the vehicle looses traction they are in for a hell of ride. Simply stated, many drivers fail to recognize the fundamentals of safe driving. To save a few bucks drivers choose to avoid installing dedicated snow tires relying on all season models with limited slippery traction. Drivers further compound the problem by immediately applying the brake pedal ignoring sterring and acceleration techniques. The problem is further compounded in the USA as 90% of vehicles sold here are automatics and the remainder manual transmissions. Compared to the rest of the world where the opposite is true. Driving professionals will agree manual transmissions offer superior control and offer better fuel economy. When antilocks brakes were first introduced we had an ongoing joke in the car business. We would exclaim "Great, now these idiots will go straight off the cliff!" The point of course being that drivers have very little knowledge of the forces at play when it comes to car safety and performance. Driving in the USA is nightmare of assumptions with very little fact guiding decisions. Many automotive decisions come down is cup holder functional. Whereas in Germany a driver leaving the reststop with a styrofoam cup of coffee is not even an option. In the USA I witness drivers applying makeup, reading the paper, drinking, eating and performing almost everything imaginable except what is important. Safety should always come first. Safety means two hands on the wheels combine with a proper working knowledge of the vehicle chosen to responsibly operate. And yes that means knowing how to change the tire as well. The old fashioned Ford esquire woody sided wagon seem to be firmly planted in America's driving psyche. It's time to let go of past stereotypes and realize there are amazing automotive wagons capable of giving and out performing many two door coupes while offering larger cargo capacity are far superior fuel range than the SUV and crossover versions sold here.
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