Ian Callum Jaguar’s Chief Designer, has qualified his recent comments on Jaguar’s estate cars by clarifying he didn’t say there would be no XF Sportbrake.
Back in 2014, we reported Callum declaring that a Jaguar XE Estate (and, for that matter, an XE Coupe) was a very difficult business case, and building an XE Estate would probably just steal sales from the XE saloon. Which disappointed a lot of Jaguar lovers who were waiting patiently for a replacement for the X-Type estate to arrive.
Having already quashed hopes of an XE Estate, Callum seemed to go further still in a recent interview by apparently declaring there was no chance of a new XF Estate either, and that Jaguar would instead concentrate on crossovers, like the new Jaguar F-Pace.
But it seems the interviewer at Automotive News got the wrong end of the stick, and Ian Callum has taken to Twitter to put him right.
I have been mis-quoted in @Automotive_News regarding the future of Sportbrake. I said there would be no XE Sportbrake. Nothing more!
— Ian Callum (@IanCallum) April 26, 2016
Of course, just because Ian Callum says he didn’t declare the XF Sportbrake dead and buried, it doesn’t mean there will be a future model.
But at least there’s a possibility, even if it’s a real shame there’ll be no XE Estate.