Estate version of XF will arrive with engines borrowed from the XF saloon; a 2.0-litre diesel will be the entry-level motor

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake has been spotted testing on public roads again, showing that the design of its rear lights will take influence from the F-Type.

Spotted by eagle-eyed Autocar reader Rory Anderson, the car's slim taillights feature a rounded section like those of the sports car. The tailgate also features a slim rear window and a heavily raked top capped with a spoiler.

The new model, which will be officially revealed on 14 June by British tennis star Andy Murray as a rival to the BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estatewill introduce a full-length panoramic roof to the range. Its more practical boot will increase luggage space and rear head room.

Prior to the latest sighting, the car was previewed in three images that showed it driving on roads near the world's most remote tennis court and with former British tennis professional Tim Henman.

Jaguar claims that its new estate will be the "most dynamic premium estate car in the world", suggesting the chassis set-up will be similar to that of the XF saloon rather than being adjusted to offer different handling characteristics.

The XF Sportbrake will be built upon the same aluminium architecture as the saloon, and it’ll also share engines with its sibling, meaning a 2.0-litre diesel will be the entry-level unit, with 3.0-litre V6 petrol and diesel engines sitting above this in the range. The most recently spotted development car was running the 2.0-litre diesel engine.

A 2.0-litre petrol engine, as launched along with a new wave of Ingenium units, will also be included with both variants of the XF. Earlier development Sportbrakes (see gallery) have been running with this unit, suggesting it will be available in the model from launch.

Power outputs for the engines range from 161bhp to 375bhp. Drive is sent to the rear wheels as standard through a six-speed manual gearbox in lower models, with an eight-speed automatic offered as an option or as standard with the most potent units.

The XF saloon’s optional four-wheel drive system will likely also be offered on the estate. The range will be crowned by an XF S Sportbrake model that'll rival hotter variants of the BMW 5 Series Touring.

Expect the XF Sportbrake to be slightly more expensive than the XF saloon, which is currently priced from £32,300.

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29 September 2016
An XE Sportbrake?

29 September 2016
About time...

Needed on the XE also.

29 September 2016
What is it about Jaguars marketing department? It seems pretty sad to me when the manufacturer has to release spy pictures themselves. Is it because nobody's really interested?

Good decision on the car though, and let's hope they do likewise with the XE.

jer

29 September 2016
Kiernan wrote:

What is it about Jaguars marketing department? It seems pretty sad to me when the manufacturer has to release spy pictures themselves. Is it because nobody's really interested?

Good decision on the car though, and let's hope they do likewise with the XE.

Well you read it an commented on it. Its not sad its what marketing departments do.

jer

29 September 2016
Kiernan wrote:

What is it about Jaguars marketing department? It seems pretty sad to me when the manufacturer has to release spy pictures themselves. Is it because nobody's really interested?

Good decision on the car though, and let's hope they do likewise with the XE.

Well you read it an commented on it. Its not sad its what marketing departments do.

jer

29 September 2016
Kiernan wrote:

What is it about Jaguars marketing department? It seems pretty sad to me when the manufacturer has to release spy pictures themselves. Is it because nobody's really interested?

Good decision on the car though, and let's hope they do likewise with the XE.

Well you read it an commented on it. Its not sad its what marketing departments do.

29 September 2016
... would probably be top of the list when we replace our current car!

29 September 2016
They should also do a convertible XE and a XF coupe

29 September 2016
This looks bang on the money, with a straight six up front could be a very desirable car indeed. Let's hope it's as refined as it needs to be.

jer

29 September 2016
Really explicit about it in the press and through dealers. I suppose the gap between end of sale and new model will lessen the depreciation but still... I wonder if the XF is not selling to private buyers as well as expected? I can't get on with the looks or interior having owned 2.l

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