Official pictures of the Jaguar XF Sportbrake have been leaked online, ahead of its Geneva debut
27 February 2012

These are the first official, undisguised pictures of the forthcoming Jaguar XF Sportbrake which have been leaked online. The model will be officially revealed at the Geneva motor show next month.

The leaked photographs appear to be scanned from a brochure. They show the XF Sportbrake has a sleek window line and a boot-lip spoiler and has been given the same disguised C-pillar treatment as the Jaguar XJ. The rear light arrangement is carried over from the saloon. From the B-pillars forward, the Sportbrake appears identical to the saloon model.

The load-lugging XF will provide Jaguar with a much-needed rival to the Audi A6 Avant and BMW 5-series Touring. The elegant estate retains the sleek profile of the XF saloon and is expected to offer comparable luggage capacity as both the Audi and BMW. However, by retaining the saloon’s approximate wheelbase and not increasing the rear overhang, the Mercedes E-class estate will continue to lead the class.

An interior shot shows the rear seats will fold flat, and there appears to be an additional storage compartment beneath the floor. A ski hatch will also be available.

No announcement has been made on the engine line-up, although the 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel is likely to account for the majority of sales. A pair of 3.0-litre V6 diesels are likely to be offered alongside the naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 petrol.

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27 February 2012

I worry that they've made the same mistake as the Volvo V60 and not made the rear overhang longer on the estate at the expense of luggage space and made it less competitive. I think the XF could have taken a slightly longer overhang in estate form

27 February 2012

It looks pretty good and has been a long time coming.

27 February 2012

Whilst I like the outline ... I hate the stupid blackout pillar, it makes the backend look like that stupid humpback Seat Toldeo. So a black XF estate will look fantastic, any other colour will look ugly.

27 February 2012

[quote xanderbrown]not made the rear overhang longer[/quote]

Boot looks big enough to me! It appears big enough for a mountain bike, which is all I'm concerned about.

Worryingly, there does not appear to be any roof-bars, nor any obvious mounting point for cross-rails - this is an issue which haunts the saloon too.

Still a stunning looking estate though; I like a lot.

27 February 2012

A bit late in the lifecycle of the current model, but better late than never I guess.

Looks nice in those photos, as long as it's doesn't impact too much on the interior space, which afterall is the whole point of estate cars.

27 February 2012

Absolutely spot-on, making much more logical use of the blacked-out pillar than the XJ (which I also like but, because of the pillar, don't quite 'understand' - which I also like!) I think this is a beautiful car and it will remain so as long as no badge saying 'sportbrake' appears on its tailgate.

27 February 2012

Wolseley - Spot on ! Beautiful car, certain it will be a huge success .

27 February 2012

I, too, like the blacked out rear pillar. It makes more sense on this than on the XJ.

I'll have one in R spec please. In red.

With roof rails.

SDR

27 February 2012

Fantastic, should be a big success for Jaguar. Always amazes me that so many people buy saloons, they're such willfully limited devices. This is a huge step forward in practicality and flexibility, and turns the XF from a car I have always admired into a car I would actually buy. I'm only one lottery win away from placing my order...!

27 February 2012

[quote Cheltenhamshire]

Whilst I like the outline ... I hate the stupid blackout pillar, it makes the backend look like that stupid humpback Seat Toldeo. So a black XF estate will look fantastic, any other colour will look ugly.

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I actually quite like the rear pillars.

The majority of the rear pillar appears to be forward of the chrome trim and it looks like they've pushed the rear glass right up to it rather than using painted metal. Might be quite successful in the flesh.

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