Australia will get its first Jaguar wagon to sit alongside the new F-Pace SUV.
In a surprise announcement at the Paris motor show today Jaguar Land Rover has revealed that a new Jaguar XF Sportbrake will go into production next year, with the British brand’s Australian arm confirming that the wagon will come to Australia.
Speaking at the unveiling of the new Land Rover Discovery, Global Sales Operations Director Andy Goss used the occasion to reveal that the Jaguar family was expanding with the wagon version of the Jaguar XF now close to production.
“Less than two years ago we at Jaguar had a three-car line-up: XF, XJ and F-Type. Now we have five: XE and F-Pace have joined the family and sales have grown considerably,” Goss said.
“Within the next year this line-up will grow again. So what is the next car? Well it’s been difficult to disguise, it’s currently testing on UK roads now. I will show you what it looks like in full next year.
“I think you may have guessed by now. Yes this is the all new XF Sportbrake and yes it will be just as handsome and practical as the previous one.”
The first generation XF Sportbrake came out in 2012 and at the time the British brand’s Australian arm decided against bringing it into the country. This time around Jaguar Land Rover Australia Senior Public Affairs Executive
James Scrimshaw said there’s a strong case for selling the BMW 5 Series Touring fighter locally.
“We’ve been looking at it for a while and now that they’ve finally announced it we can confirm that we will be taking it in Australia,” he said.
“They will start producing it in 2017 so as soon as we can get it in Australia it will be there.”
Scrimshaw doesn’t believe the Sportbrake will steal the F-Pace SUV’s sales.
“It’s a slightly different vehicle to the F-Pace for those that don’t want an SUV, so for us it’s another alternative.
The XF range kicks off at $82,800 for the diesel Prestige Auto, a Sportbrake version would command a higher asking price Scrimshaw said, but pointed out that it was too early to say exactly how much buyers can expect to pay.
“It’s too far away to talk about pricing, we’ve got to build the vehicle first. But it will be a slight premium on the XF sedan, but how much it is will mean taking a look at the market to decide what the price will be.
“All we know is that production is confirmed for 2017. If that’s in the early part of the year there’s a chance we’ll get it in Australia by the end of the year, but if it’s in the latter part of the year, it won’t go on sale locally until 2018 – but fingers crossed for 2017.”
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