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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake revealed, in showrooms December

Jaguar has finally revealed the XF Sportbrake, which will return Jaguar to the premium estate segment. Customers will be treated to a design that maintains the sharp front of the sedan, but with the practicality of a wagon.

Jaguar says that the XF Sportbrake “embodies Jaguar’s key design DNA and incorporates an eye-catching roofline”. Step inside the estate and occupants are treated to a 1.6sq m panoramic roof, enhanced knee room and improved headroom, as well as 565-litres of luggage space in the rear with the seats up and 1700-litres with the seats down.

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, said:

“As with the XF saloon, every line on the Sportbrake serves a clear purpose, creating a fast sweeping silhouette. This gives the car a sense of speed and a very dynamic appearance. As a result, I think it looks just as sporty as the saloon, if not more so.”

The new XF Sportbrake has all of the sedan’s aluminium-intensive architectures and will use the same Ingenium powertrains that feature in the sedan. The Sportbrake’s suspension has also been designed to deal with the different style of use a premium lifestyle estate models. Self-levelling air sprung rear suspension has been fitted as standard equipment for all models to ensure the XF Sportbrake maintains its composure, even when fully loaded.

The Sportbrake delivers a near perfect 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution, and measures 4955mm long – 6mm shorter than the previous model – while its wheelbase has been lengthened by 51mm  – full wheelbase now 2960mm. The XF Sportbrake is also quite slippery, featuring a drag coefficient of just 0.29.

The XF Sportbrake will feature four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. The range will start with the rear-wheel drive 132kW 2.0 Ingenium diesel that returns 4.8L/100km (combined) and top out with a 221kW 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel which is paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Performance for the 221kW V6 turbo-diesel will see the XF Sportbrake shoot from 0-100km/h in just 6.6 seconds.

Steven de Ploey, Global Marketing Strategy and Planning Director, Jaguar, said:

“The XF Sportbrake is the embodiment of everything our brand stands for, bringing Jaguar design and dynamics to create vehicles that excite the senses and support active lifestyles. Its dynamic performance, desirable styling and cutting-edge technologies will introduce a new generation of drivers to Jaguar’s drive, passion and comfort.”

Pricing and Australian market specifications for the XF Sportbrake will be announced closer to the car’s Australian launch – expected in the fourth quarter of this year.

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Josh Bennis

Josh has worked within the automotive journalism landscape for the best part of a decade. He's driven everything from a 1972 Mazda 808 station wagon to an Aston Martin DBS. Josh's job is to make sure New Vehicle Buyer readers remain informed and entertained on a daily basis.

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