Jaguar has given the midsize XF a boost to avoid a midlife crisis in order to stay competitive in a hungry SUV market. While the sedan and wagon have undergone a makeover, the company’s media site for the North American market only mentions the four-door variant.
Why? Because the more practical Sportbrake won’t be available in the US for 2021MY. The revelation was made by a Jaguar spokesperson in an email sent to Roadshow: “We will no longer be offering the XF Sportbrake in the United States. The model joined the North American lineup in 2017, and now it’s going.
Fans of long-roof cars will be disappointed with the news, but we should have seen it coming considering the XF Sportbrake was not a commercial success. Rumors of his disappearance in the United States have been circulating on the internet since March 2019, and it is now official. You may remember that there was a report of Autotrader published earlier this year, explaining how dealers are cutting prices to get rid of inventory. We highlighted a 2018 XF S AWD Wagon with $ 20,000 off the original MSRP.
The XF Sportbrake in its refurbished form will continue in other markets where Jaguar will apply the same updates received by the sedan. It’s certainly a stylish wagon and we’d say it’s even better in its family-oriented specs, but it’s understandable that the company is pulling the plug in the US. To show what Americans are missing, Jaguar released a separate gallery with the Sportbrake and its 31.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Fold the rear seats down and the number drops to 69.7 cubic feet.
There had been rumors of a smaller XE Sportbrake, but these were quashed some time ago by former Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum. In an interview with Coach, he explained the reasoning behind this decision, highlighting the stiff competition (BMW 3 Series Touring, Audi A4 Avant, Mercedes C-Class Break) and the decrease in demand for wagons.
The silver lining is that the US market still has a decent number of wagons available, even after the Buick Regal TourX and VW Golf SportWagen / Alltrack are gone. We’re talking about the Audi A4 and A6 Allroads, the RS6 Avant, the E-Class All-Terrain and the E63 S, the Volvo V60, V90 / V90 Cross Country, Subaru Outback, Mini Clubman and Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo.