Two new fashions are coming into the not sizzling wagon market in North America. Whereas one wagon entry is aimed squarely on the near-luxury market, the opposite goals greater and challenges established luxurious wagons.
Our query at present is that this: Will both of the fashions work?
The Buick Regal loses its sedan physique subsequent yr, and as an alternative gives up the Regal Sportback (a liftback sedan just like the previous Mazda 626), or the TourX wagon you see above. Nonetheless based mostly on the Opel Insignia, the TourX will begin at slightly below $30,000, with all trims having commonplace all-wheel drive. Whereas this places the TourX at a value benefit over European rivals just like the Volvo V60 CC ($42,695) and the Audi A4 Allroad ($45,475), it’s in the identical ballpark because the perennially widespread Subaru Outback.
However who’s the client for a TourX? Is it an older one who declines one of many CUVs already supplied by Buick? Is it a possible Outback buyer who finds the Subaru Love too trite? Maybe it’s the Volvo buyer intending to avoid wasting cash. Additionally in query (to my thoughts) is the longer term longevity of any Opel-Buick automobile, after GM’s Opel sale earlier this yr. Formulate some opinions down within the feedback, however for now, it’s time to maneuver on to the second competitor.
Jaguar thinks North Individuals want extra selection within the luxurious wagon phase, and is launching a brand new XF Sportbrake for 2018. Whereas the XF has existed in wagon format for Euro markets beforehand, this would be the first wagon XF on our shores. Price noting, this would be the very first wagon in Jaguar’s roster for the reason that wildly unpopular (and now uncommon) X-Kind wagon, which was obtainable from 2005 to 2008. That mannequin offered a large 1,602 items.
Pricing has been set at $70,000 for launch variations in S trim stage, that includes commonplace all-wheel drive. That luxurious price ticket places the XF Sportbrake up in opposition to two manufacturers which have lengthy supplied costly wagons. The brand new Volvo V90 CC is bigger than the Jaguar and a bit inexpensive, beginning at $55,300. The Mercedes E-Class wagon has spent many years transporting conservatively upscale, well-heeled house owners, and the present E400 4MATIC property rings in at $62,300.
Wanting on the competitors leaves me with some questions on XF’s buyer. Are there individuals who need to forego the secure, fashionable Scandinavian, or hand over the three-pointed star and upscale picture of the Mercedes? Does Jaguar have sufficient status or desirability to steal gross sales from luxurious wagon stalwarts, when their final wagon was a leather-coated Ford Mondeo?
Will both of those new wagons make a dent in opposition to rivals, or stick round in North America for greater than a few years? Certainly a few of you’ll be able to present some wago-pinions.
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