Jaguar’s upcoming estate version of the Jaguar XF has been scooped in winter testing
8 February 2012

Jaguar’s upcoming estate version of the XF (dubbed Jaguar XF Sportbrake) has been scooped in winter testing for the first time. The load-lugging XF will carry the Sportbrake name for production and will be revealed at the Geneva motor show in less than one month.

These spy pictures reveal a gently sloping roofline, sharply raked tailgate and subtle rear spoiler for the Sportbrake to help maintain the sporty profile of the XF saloon. The Sportbrake also looks to be the same length as the 4961mm-long saloon, as the rear overhang has not been increased.

See the latest spy pics of the Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Jaguar engineers are understood to have provided the XF Sportbrake with a load capacity similar to that of the Audi A6 Avant and BMW 5-series Touring, which have figures of 565-litres and 560-litres respectively. The desire to provide the Sportbrake with a sporty profile means it won’t be able to match the class-leading Mercedes E-class estate’s load capacity figure of 695-litres.

The XF Sportbrake is identical to its saloon sibling from the B-pillars forwards. The heavy disguise over the rear lights indicate that Jaguar may be tempted to offer a different styling direction for the XF Sportbrake to give it greater visual distinction over the saloon. Some sources have suggested it may even borrow the rear light design and blacked-out rear pillar treatment from the XJ to bridge the gap between the XF and XJ saloons.

The engine range of the XF Sportbrake is likely to mirror the saloon’s, with the exception of the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 from the XFR. That means 2.2-litre four-cylinder and 3.0-litre V6 diesels will be offered alongside the normally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 petrol.

The XF Sportbrake is only the second estate in Jaguar’s history, after the X-Type wagon. The model was not part of the original XF’s product plan, as the word ‘estate’ was off-limits at Jaguar after the X-Type. But the popularity of premium estate cars in Europe, in particular the UK, has convinced bosses that an estate version of the XF is a necessity.

Another imminent development to the XF range is the addition of all-wheel-drive. Jaguar boss Adrian Hallmark said all-wheel drive XFs, along with all-wheel drive XJs, were “critical”, in particular to the company’s growth in the US market.

“In the snowbelt of America it accounts for 70 per cent of sales, and overall it accounts for 30 per cent of sales, so we are working on it and in the final stages of a decision. It is core to our future offering,” he said.

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The Jaguar XF is a sublime British executive saloon. It has a tremendous interior and even greater dynamics

The Jaguar XF is a sublime British executive saloon. It has a tremendous interior and even greater dynamics

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24 November 2011

At last!

I guess it will be saddled with those horrific DRL's that blight the otherwise gorgeous revamp.

24 November 2011

[quote supermanuel]

At last!

I guess it will be saddled with those horrific DRL's that blight the otherwise gorgeous revamp.

[/quote] I agree, I'm just not keen on DRLs on any car. The estate is surely a good move and I can understand to some extent the desire to avoid the word 'estate' but 'sportsbrake'? Really?

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24 November 2011

An already brilliant car, only made more desirable by this addition !

24 November 2011

Good move JLR. Great looking car. C'mon Autocar, these are not really 'spy' shots. Other pics out there on the net (before you) actually show the other paps running around in the background with their cameras. Actually, the Jag PR dept. drop a hint on Twitter (or whatever) that the car is going to be in a certain place at a certain time and for you to get down there for a shot. Tell it as it is, it's much more interesting.

24 November 2011

Look like a very nice car indeed. With the new four cylinder diesel engine, it is sure to appeal to many more people than before.

24 November 2011

If they call it the Sportbrake, I hope it's a sales disaster. Call it an estate, that's what it is and there's nothing wrong with that.

 

 

24 November 2011

[quote supermanuel]I guess it will be saddled with those horrific DRL's that blight the otherwise gorgeous revamp[/quote]

well said.

if they called it 'estate' it would be better still.

Nice car all the same

24 November 2011

Mmmmmm.... might be the perfect 4WD estate to replace our Subaru Legacy when that is up for replacement. Good luck to them. I hope it's a winner.

24 November 2011

As it was Ian Callum's 'pen' that created the X-type estate - arguably the best-looking X-type? - the Sportbrake should look mighty handsome.

And, at last, Jag has realised the benefits of 4WD. It's not only the US snowbelt that's critical, it'll be the newfound appeal to the UK's weekdays-in-town/weekend-in-the-country set. Once this gang is seen/known to own 4WD Jags, an immeasurable amount of aspirational appeal takes hold.

Sad, I know, but also true.

24 November 2011

Gutted that Jag aren't going to make an XFR. I think they're missing a trick here. They need a rival to the RS6's and C63 AMG's.

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