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station wagon

  A Station Wagon is a car body style similar to a sedan car but with an extended rear cargo area.

BMW has M-Sport, Volkswagen has R-Line and Audi has the S-line . All of these are names for visual upgrades that make cars look faster, but don’t actually do much to increase the speed or performance of a car. Well now Jaguar is joining the party with its new R-Sport models.

Just like the other mentioned trim levels, the R-Sport cars from Jaguar will wear some of the more aggressive body parts found on their R and R-S cars , but without all the pesky cost and hassle of extra horsepower and bigger engines.

The first car to wear the new badge is the XF. Jaguar will be releasing R-Sport versions of both the XF Sedan and the XF Sportbrake . If you were hoping that the R-Sport would at least feature the supercharged V-6 or even the base V-8, you are sadly mistaken. The R-Sport Sportbrake comes powered by a 2.2-liter diesel.

Still, if you are in the market for a practical family hauler, but you want to at least pretend you could afford a 550 horsepower monster there are worse choices available.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar XF R-Sport.

Volkswagen is getting dangerously close to creating what I would call the "perfect car." In this latest set of spy shots from our great photographers, we have what appears to be a Volkswagen Golf R Wagon. That means the same 300-horsepower, turbo four-cylinder engine, AWD and six-speed manual transmission from the Golf R with more space in the back for your milk, eggs, produce, soccer balls or whatever else you need to haul. It should also be available with the six-speed DSG for those who are allergic to the third pedal.

If you are sad that Subaru has killed the WRX hatch and the Outback XT, it looks like Volkswagen is coming to your rescue.

We have very little information about this car, and this prototype has shown up out of nowhere, but it’s very unlikely that this machine will hit US shores. Wagons don’t do well here, and high-performance hatches don’t do very well either. So, creating a combination high-performance wagon is basically a sales disaster in here in the U.S.

That said, Volkswagen, I would love you eternally if you would actually bring such a machine to the United States. Please.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf R Variant.

With an affordable price and matching good looks, Mercedes CLA lineup has become a popular item among luxury car customers. That success has inspired Mercedes to expand the CLA lineup to include, among other things, a CLA Shooting Brake , a CLA45 AMG , and as this latest set of spy shots show, a CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake.

Yes, the CLA45 AMG is getting a wagon version, or Shooting Brake, as Mercedes likes to call it. Our spy photographers managed to take a host of spy photos of the barely-covered CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake, and as you can expect, it looks a lot like what we’d expect from a Mercedes with AMG’s influence. The aggressive body kit is evident at first glance, complete with what looks like new vents strategically placed in the front fascia. It’s hard to make out whether the "twin-blade" radiator grille is present, although we won’t be surprised if its there.

Some might argue that the arrival of the CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake will quickly over-saturate the CLA lineup, but we’re not complaining the least bit. The CLA-Class has proven to be a hot seller for Mercedes, so why not strike whole the iron is hot?

Updated 03/25/2014: Today we have created a rendering of the upcoming Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake.

A host of spyshots of the Audi A6’s line has been sent our way over the past few weeks. This time, the new A6 Allroad takes its turn in the spotlight and our observing eyes. At first glance, there are a number of things we noticed about these latest batch of spy pics, particularly the modified front end that now features new headlights with new DRLs.

The shape remains relatively the same, although don’t expect the company’s laser lights technology to be part of it. That’s still years away from happening so temper the hype on that one. Moving away from the lights, the grille and the front bumper of the A6 Allroad also look different, although we expect the former to return to its normal configuration once the model draws closer to its Paris debut.

There’s more to these spy photos than just the subtle tweaks done on the front. The rear end also received some distinct styling modifications while the interior will also get a handful of new upgrades.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi A6.

The Cadillac CTS-V Wagon is a road-thumping powerhouse that is probably unfairly judged because its a wagon. Despite its old-school looks that are in need of more than just an update, the vehicle is still pretty appealing. Similar to the coupe and sedan versions, the CTS-V Wagon is the kind of vehicle that enthusiasts are likely to fall in line for.

The big issue for the CTS-V Wagon are its outdated aesthetics, but these may be addressed sooner than later now that the all-new CTS Sedan has officially broken cover.

But even with the new-look CTS-V Wagon still at least a year away from arriving, you’ll still get what you’ll pay for with current generation look. It’s significantly less expensive than it’s rivals and more importantly, its ridiculous 500-horsepower performance puts it right in line with some of the top models in its class.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon.

Audi has been working on facelifted versions of the A6 range, including the RS6 Avant , and this new set of spy shots seem to indicate that development of the revised RS6 is further along than we imagined.

Not surprisingly, there doesn’t appear to be a whole lot of changes made to the RS6. The heavy camouflage doesn’t leave a whole lot to look at, although it seems fair to assume that much of the clean styling the RS6 has had will remain intact, including the larger Singleframe grille.

Minor mods to the front, lower bumper and the rear bumper could be added to the RS6, and you can rest assured that those two giant spotlights on the roof will be a part of the RS6 once the car hits dealerships soon.

Everything looks clean and in the right place, which is as good a sign as any that Audi is keeping the look of the RS6 similar to its past models.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi RS6 Avant.

We’ve already caught the 2015 C63 AMG sedan testing, but we haven’t yet seen the C63 AMG Estate — what we know as a station wagon here in the U.S. Well here it is for your enjoyment, folks, the 2014 C63 AMG Estate. Just a few days ago, we got a good look at the front end of the C63 AMG sedan, as well as its backside, but these shots are a lot less revealing.

Sure, you can still make out the basic placement of the air inlets on the front bumper, but the shape is not there yet. Around back, we can clearly see the revised quad-exit exhaust system, but the wagon still lacks the defined rear diffuser that we clearly made out on the sedan.

Under the hood, however, we already know that despite the model retaining the C63 designation — typically reserved for the outgoing 6.2-liter V-8 — the C63 AMG Estate will share the upcoming tarmac-killing 4.0-liter, V-8 engine that the AMG GT/SLC will feature.

We expect to see the C63 AMG Sedan at the Paris Auto Show in October, and we suspect the wagon will follow it by a few months.

The big question is will we finally get this hot wagon here in the U.S.?

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 C63 AMG Estate.

Mercedes is rolling out an all-new nine-speed automatic transmission slotted for fitment within the brand’s sedans and wagons, starting with the E 350 BlueTEC . Mercedes says the transmission will not only help conserve fuel, but will decrease in-car NVH levels and reduce exterior noise pollution, while providing smoother shifts at faster intervals than the outgoing seven-speed 7G-TRONIC transmission it replaces.

While its just now becoming available in the E 350 BlueTEC, the 9G-TRONIC will become common across the Mercedes lineup. Expect to see the unit find a home within the S-Class next, followed by C-Class , and possibly the CLA-Class . Engineers designed the transmission to be compatible with rear- and all-wheel-drive application, and even mild and full-hybrid systems. Basically, the 9G-TRONIC will be Mercedes’ bread-n-butter ‘box.

To meet the wide range of demands, engineers built the transmission to shift quickly and smoothly without any overly-perceivable shift points in its normal mode and sharp, direct shifts when placed in manual — and even more so in S mode. The gearbox is also able to shift over multiple gears for fast acceleration and deceleration. For example, the 9G-TRONIC can shift from 9th gear to 5th gear if the driver floors the accelerator. Conversely, the transmission can seamlessly shift from 3rd gear to 9th gear after a hard acceleration run up an interstate on-ramp.

What this means for performance, both on the track and in between gas stations, is simple: more gears equals lower revs when cruising and therefore increased fuel efficiency while faster shifts mean quicker overall performance numbers.

Click past the jump for more info on the 9G-TRONIC and the E 350 BluTEC

Volvo has made a lot of promises recently about concepts that will blow us away. The first two versions have done exactly that, and now, ahead of the third one’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show , we’re getting a few hints at what’s in store for concept number three.

The concept has been billed as the Concept Estate and follows in the work of the Swedish company’s first two concept offerings, the Concept Coupe and the Concept XC Coupe . Not much in the way of details yet except for a handful of teaser photos unveiled by a Swedish company called Stutterheim.

If you’re not familiar with the brand, Stutterheim is actually a Swedish raincoat maker that’s been tasked by Volvo to develop the car cover the Concept Estate will be, shall we say, hiding from before it makes its worldwide debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Seems to explain why these photos were first seen in the website of Stutterheim; after all, the company is also probably showing off its new Estate Svart car cover, a design that was co-created by Volvo’s design time that makes use of "hand-stitched seams on a rubberized cotton fabric in the best quality."

As far as the Concept Estate is concerned, there are a few details peaking out from under that Estate Svart car cover, including the same prominent grille we first saw from the other two concepts. There also appears to be a tailgate-mounted spoiler, a dual exhaust system ,and five-spoke alloy wheels, which are all hardly surprising given the efforts Volvo put to show the world that it’s ready to come out and fight for attention.

More details of the Concept Estate are expected to drop when Geneva opens its doors.

Update 02/26/2014: The leaky faucet over at Volvo has officially turned on, and images of the Volvo Concept Estate have made their way online, thanks to the folks over at Jalopnik. You can see the images after the jump.

Click past the jump to read about the Volvo Concept Coupe and the Volvo Concept XC Coupe

Source: Stutterheim

In the world of supercar -powerful wagons, there are very few names. Machines like the now-ancient Volvo 850R have given way to the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon , Audi RS6 and the Mercedes E63 AMG, but that still only represents three models out of the hundreds of cars available worldwide.

It now seems that there will be four insane wagons vying for your cash now, as Jaguar has just officially announced the XFR-S Sportsbrake.

The behatched version of the XFR-S uses the same supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that is tuned to the sweet sound of 543 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. That means the 60 mph mark blows by in 4.6 seconds and the top speed rings in at 186 mph.

There is a dark cloud to this silver lining though. Just like the Sportbrakes that have come before, this Jag is not for U.S. consumption. Even if I won’t see them on US roads, I still praise Jaguar for putting their biggest engine into a wagon to begin with.

Bravo.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake.


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