GENEVA — The new Jaguar XF Sportbrake introduced here won’t be coming to America, but not for the reason that most readily comes to mind.
Several years back, Jaguar offered a version of its now-discontinued X-Type sedan as a wagon in the United States. It attracted a small cult, but was a sales dud by any meaningful measure.
The lingering X-Type hangover did not, however, inform Jaguar’s decision not to export the XF Sportbrake, which is scheduled to go on sale in Europe this fall. In a word, blame federalization.
Stuart Schorr, a spokesman for Jaguar USA, noted in an e-mail Monday that the Sportbrake’s bumpers and powertrain were designed to meet European, not the somewhat different American, standards.
The Sportbrake, which weighs roughly 154 pounds more than the sedan on which it is based, draws power from one of two diesel engines, including a 2.2-liter, 4-cylinder unit with hybridlike start-stop technology. A 3-liter V-6 produces 271 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.
Though the Sportbrake is staying abroad, Jaguar clearly hopes to bring its diesel engines to North America. Last year, a diesel-powered XF sedan averaged 52 miles a gallon during a drive across the United States
. “It was an indication of what our standard car, driven carefully, could achieve,” Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s brand director, said during the presentation here.
Mr. Hallmark added that diesel models and the Sportbrake wagon, which offered 59 cubic feet of cargo room, demonstrated Jaguar’s commitment to appealing to a wider range of customers. “It’s more about versatility than pure design,” he said.
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