And so the practice of making wagons without having the nerve to call them “wagons” continues. This is the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, “the most versatile Jaguar ever created,” according to its makers. The name obviously tries to evoke the antiquated term “shooting brake” (although revived in a 2010 Mercedes-Benz concept). And what carmaker doesn’t like to use the “sport” word? Maximum cargo space is 59 cubic feet, eight more than a Range Rover Evoque can muster. It will also have a 3.0-liter V6 under the hood and a self-leveling air suspension at the back when it goes on sale in Europe this fall. Old Worlders like an estate car, but the American buyer’s propensity to walk past wagons and purchase an SUV might well mean that the Sportbrake joins that long list of interesting vehicles that never come here.

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