It’s human nature to want what we’re told we can’t have. On this side of the pond, we’re blessed with the Cadillac CTS-V Sportwagon, a 556 horsepower grocery-getter than can put a surprising amount of sport sedans to shame, yet we lament that we won’t get the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake.
There are no guarantees we’ll get a Porsche Panamera Estate here, either, should Porsche decide to produce and build such a concept, as it would likely pirate sales from the Cayenne SUV. Adding insult to injury, we know with relative certainty that we won’t be getting the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, either.
We can blame this one on the differences between European and U.S. safety and emissions regulations. Jaguar just doesn’t see the volume potential on this side of the Atlantic to absorb the required additional development costs.
Just as when that Swedish exchange student returned home in high school, we’re left with an unfulfilled longing and an empty sense of what could have been. We can admire the XF Sportbrake, but we know we can never call it our own. Others will get to take home the Jaguar wagon with 2.2 or 3.0-liter turbodiesel or 3.0-liter gasoline power, but we won't.
We’re not sure watching Jaguar’s latest XF Sportbrake video eases the pain or adds to it, but it’s the best we can give you for now.