Jaguar Teases XF Sportbrake Ahead of Reveal
Perhaps taking cues from the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Volvo V90 wagons, Jaguar is catering to the specific-but-enthusiastic luxury performance wagon market, pulling out all the stops with the XF Sportbrake. This wagon version of the XF performance sedan — slated for a full reveal during The Championships, Wimbledon 2017 in July and a launch date in the U.S later this year — promises to "bring new levels of practicality to the range without sacrificing the dynamic design and agile handling" XF shoppers seek.
Jaguar released a teaser photo today for the Sportbrake but declined to specify a model year, though it'll likely be a 2018. The automaker previously hinted at a possible U.S. release for the Sportbrake with a sneak peek at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, but some still considered that unlikely. But here we are, with a dealership date that could come as soon as summer.
Few other details about the Sportbrake are known. We do know that it'll be based on the XF mid-size sedan, which was redesigned for 2016 and added a new low-end trim level, diesel four-cylinder engine option and revised rotary gear selector for 2017.
The Sportbrake could be available with one or more of the XF's three engine options: a 180-horsepower, turbo-diesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder; a 340-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6; or a 380-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional for the XF.
Jaguar's teaser image for the Sportbrake shows only an aerial view of the car, which reveals a massive moonroof and body shape that narrows from the front of the hood to the rear end. Ian Callum, director of design for Jaguar, says the converging lines of the Sportbrake result in a sportier, more dynamic feel.
"What we've done with this car is create a silhouette that sweeps off the back of the car almost into the distance, and it really gives that car a sense of speed," Callum said in a promotional video, which you can watch below.
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