I've written before that the great American station wagon needs to make a comeback. I absolutely stand by that, though I know my odd fantasy of a Mustang-based wagon will forever be confined to the "what if" chapters of history books. Still, while our American manufacturers aren't yet down with the unassuming and unapologetically practical heroes of the open road, their European counterparts certainly are.
A whole new spate of lovable, boxy, wagon-y greatness is set to make the trip across the Atlantic next year. They run the gamut from sleek highway cruisers, to bona fide performance cars, to off-roading geniuses set to stick it to the SUV establishment. The way things are shaping up, 2017 just might turn out to be the Year of the Wagon.
Price: Starting at $44,000
The new A4 allroad is a phenomenal, luxurious wagon that just so happens to be pretty damn good at maintaining its composure on any road... hence the name. Sadly, Audi is incredibly unlikely to bring a seriously fast S4 performance variant of it, but even in the A4 guise, it's a phenomenal grocery getter -- especially if your grocery store is three counties over.
Price: Mid-high $50,000s (est.)
Take the Audi above, add a little bit more of everything, and you have the general idea behind the E-Class All-Terrain that Mercedes announced earlier this fall. There's no official confirmation that the new off-roading luxo-wagon is headed to the US, but the rumor mill seems to think it will.
Take the already pretty good S90 sedan -- itself a Swedish middle finger to Tesla -- tack on a whole lotta sexiness in the form of the V90 wagon's body, then lift the whole thing up for extra ground clearance. What do you end up with? Possibly the safest off-roading vehicle you can buy. That there will eventually be some more powerful versions, too, is simply icing on the cake.
The corporate cousin of the aforementioned allroad, the very similarly named Alltrack does, well, a very similar function, albeit with one huge difference: price. By shedding the Audi's flashiness while keeping practicality levels not just off the charts, but off the roads, too, the Alltrack represents a legitimate option for those who need something that can literally go off the beaten path.
Price: Mid-$50,000s (est.)
Jaguar's last-generation XF wagon, or "Sportbrake" in Jaguar parlance (shown here), didn't come to the US. Its next one, which is currently in the later phases of testing and will be officially revealed before long, will. Will we get a 500+ hp XFR-S version of the Sportbrake? God, we hope so.
You listening, Jag? Make it so.
Porsche Panamera wagon
Price: Somewhere north of $80,000
Four years ago, Porsche debuted a wagon concept that was decidedly Panamera-like, and the world's wagon fans collectively lost their shit. We still don't have one, obviously, but here's what we know: Porsche is most definitely working on a wagon version of the Panamera, but it hasn't officially been confirmed. Once it's confirmed, it will almost assuredly make it stateside, though it's possible it could take an extra year.
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