"The XF Sportbrake matches the saloon in both aerodynamics and torsional stiffness. The use of air suspension has allowed us to create a car that captures the unique Jaguar combination of refinement and outstanding dynamic abilities regardless of its load." Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity
At the 2012 Geneva Auto Show Exhibit ago Jaguar car company showed off the latest sport sedan that is globally recognized in 2013 Jaguar XF Sportbrake where this car is planned to be marketed in Europe. This sports car comes with expanding the flexibility and practicality which while still maintaining the core values ??of the model are dramatic, elegant, muscular, dynamic driving experience and contemporary luxury. Jaguar’s XF Sportbrake has made its digital debut, and the looks are sharp enough to back up the company’s decision to avoid the dowdy “station wagon” descriptor.
The last wagon attempt from Jaguar was the X-Type, built between 2003 and that model line’s unceremonious end in 2009. That X-Type and its legacy represent a real dog of a chapter for Jaguar, and for the Halewood factory where the barker was built. It was the final joke told prior to the brand’s proper rebirth phase – a phase we’re enjoying the heck out of today.
According to Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars: “The Jaguar XF symbolizes the dynamic sport with a combination of innovative, seductive design and performance. Sportbrake In the XF is equipped with a no-compromise approach to practicality and versatility.”
“The XF Sportbrake matches the saloon in both aerodynamics and torsional stiffness. The use of air suspension has allowed us to create a car that captures the unique Jaguar combination of refinement and outstanding dynamic abilities regardless of its load.” Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity
Current magnanimous Jaguar owner Tata can be thanked for this new wagon, the XF Sportbrake. Like all newness coming from Jag these days, this new wagon also feels lightyears more serious an offering, ready to compete squarely with established premium wagon makers across Europe. A Jaguar wagon in America is a far-off priority for the company, frankly. Still we deserve to know what we’re missing for the time being from this (sometimes overly) cherished British firm.
The Jaguar XF Sportbrake is entirely new from the B-pillar backwards, endowing it with a very different aesthetic, exemplified by the tautly-drawn elegance of the side-window line and highlighted by its polished finish. The conjunction of flowing rear window graphic, rising waist and estate roofline lends the XF Sportbrake a dynamic, broad-shouldered stance.
The large and practical tailgate can be specified with power struts, opening to reveal a wide and highly versatile load space. Measuring 19.4 cu. ft. with the rear seats up, the cargo hold is framed by a set of useful cubby compartments. With the seats folded, the total volume grows to 59 cu. ft. The design-led approach that created the Jaguar XF Sportbrake’s exterior has been achieved in tandem with the goal of maximising practicality. The extended roofline affords rear-seat passengers an additional 48mm of headroom and the seats offer both a 60:40 split fold function and integral ski hatch. Remote-fold levers inside the load-space opening allow the seats to be stowed flat quickly and easily, creating a cargo volume of up to 1675 litres.
Befitting the Jaguar XF Sportbrake’s perfect balance between usability and beauty, it is powered exclusively by Jaguar’s range of powerful, refined and efficient diesel engines, driving the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The 2.2-litre engine is fitted with Jaguar’s Intelligent Stop-Start system, making it the company’s most efficient powertrain to date, while the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 is available in two states of tune, with 275PS in the range-topping Diesel S. Powering the XF Sportbrake in Europe will be a range of diesel engines in 2.2-liter 4-cylinder and 3.0-liter 6-cylinder forms, driving the rear wheels via an advanced 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Practical touches include levers in the hatch area that lower the rear seats. Powerful LEDs throw a pool of light onto the ground when the soft-close tailgate is open. Set into the rear floor is a panel that splits into three sections to allow smaller loads to be neatly wedged so as to avoid having fragile cargo being thrown about. A tray mounted under the rear floor helps protect valuable items. Extensive changes to the rear of the XF Sportbrake include self-leveling air suspension, which aids driving dynamics and means the Sportbrake can serve as a tow vehicle.
As with the exterior, the cabin of the XF has been upgraded to ensure it retains that essential Jaguar appeal, creating a sense of sporting luxury by using the finest combinations of premium quality, crafted materials, complemented by the use of intuitive technology.
A centrally-mounted touch-screen offers control of the navigation system and a range of other functions, while the switchgear features new soft-touch matt black paint and a soft phosphor blue illumination theme throughout. The metallicAurorafinish to the majority of the brightwork complements new aluminium and veneer accents. More sculpted, heavily bolstered front seats introduced for the 2012 model year hint at the dynamic potential of the car and feature a ‘racetrack’ design device that creates a sporting bucket seat aesthetic.