Having previously said there would not be an XF Sportbrake in the current generation, Callum admitted that the strategy had changed with the arrival of new management but that the model had a “very difficult” business case.
Callum described the market as “clearly quite challenging” but said the new XF Sportbrake is better than the previous one.
However, he said there was no chance of the smaller XE getting an estate version.
“The Sportbrake market is fairly static. From a business point of view, an XE Sportbrake is not an easy car to make happen. And it would be very challenging pricing for an XE [version].
Callum said Jaguar could manage the XF Sportbrake to its advantage, but the same would not apply for its smaller sibling.
The brand’s focus was currently on SUVs, he added, with the launch of the new E-Pace, which he described as “changing the landscape completely” for the car maker.
Callum would not be drawn on rumours of a third SUV sitting at the top of the SUV family, but he said if such a model were to exist, it would have its own style, referencing the differences between the F-Pace and E-Pace.