Jaguar Joins Audi, BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo with Versatile Wagon

On Friday, August 15, Jaguar offered up the first pictures its new X-Type Estate (station wagon) that is scheduled debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 9, 2003.

Jaguar states that in Europe over one third of station wagon purchasers make their choice due to styling, something the X-Type Estate has in spades. This should bode well for a model that, in 4-door sedan guise, hasnt sold as well as its contemporaries.

Like the sedan, permanent all-wheel drive will be standard, with 2.5 or 3.0-L V6 engines available. A new 2.0-L diesel, announced in June, will get the nod for European customers with no news of its availability in the U.S.

Actually, Jaguar hasnt announced plans to bring the Estate across the Atlantic at all. Being that in the eyes of many North American consumers, the leaping cat brand is seen as a more expensive car than its German contemporaries, a Jaguar sport wagon might be difficult to comprehend.

 

Still, it makes sense for the brand to enter a stronger entry into Americas family segment. Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are succeeding with their 5-door variants, all of which are good models to follow.

 

The new X-TYPE Estate will debut next spring, and be in European dealerships by September of 2004.

 

Actually, Jaguar hasnt announced plans to bring the Estate across the Atlantic at all. Being that in the eyes of many North American consumers, the leaping cat brand is seen as a more expensive car than its German contemporaries, a Jaguar sport wagon might be difficult to comprehend.

 

Still, it makes sense for the brand to enter a stronger entry into Americas family segment. Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are succeeding with their 5-door variants, all of which are good models to follow.

 

The new X-TYPE Estate will debut next spring, and be in European dealerships by September of 2004.