At least the way it looks. The estate version of the somewhat troubled X-Type model will make it to the United States in 2005. Sadly the only configuration will be a 3.0 liter V6 mated to an automatic transmission, which, get this, it shifts for you. Too bad. The tag on the cat is projected to read $35,000, which should have it competing with AWD wagons from Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Some have blamed the X-Type for Ford-izing the marque in terms of quality, and small sales numbers have inspired recent rebates in the $4,000-$7,000 range.


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