A Jaguar to carry your fridge to the dump.
Jaguar has revealed the new wagon version of its second-generation XF, called the Sportbrake.
Taking the covers off the car at the Castle Bromwich factory where the new wagon is to be built, Jaguar designers and engineers said they felt confident they had built a best-in-class car.
The Germans don’t need convincing of the Sportbrake’s merits – the previous-generation version of the car outsold the sedan model 60 percent to 40 percent there, but that enthusiasm for wagons isn’t always reflected in other countries. Nevertheless, the Sportbrake is set to go on sale shortly in China and the U.S.
The XF was designed from the outset with a wagon version in mind and engineers have made a series of changes to the layout of this estate model in order to meet customer demands: Jaguar tells us you can fit two electric buggies and two sets of golf clubs in the XF Sportbrake without even having to put the seats down.
In case anyone needs convincing of the merits of the car, the Sportbrake gets a range of enticing options and standard kit.
There are full LED lights front and back, for instance, with the new units at the rear designed to resemble those on the F-Type sports car. A powered tailgate comes as standard and there’s an electric tow hitch controlled from the driver’s seat that stows out of sight when it isn’t needed.
The Sportbrake even comes with fancy air suspension as standard to help with carrying heavier loads.
The innovative panoramic glass roof that comes as an option on the XF Sportbrake gives an unobstructed view upwards. Jaguar says that it wanted to make the glass roof larger, but its 63-inch (1.6-meter) length is exactly that of the oven capacity of the company that supplies the panes.
With a company like Jaguar the difference is in the details – you can even specify the car with a little extra flap of carpet in the cargo area that folds out to protect the trim around the opening.
The hidden detail is important, too – Jaguar was ahead of the game in switching to aluminum construction with its cars – the XJ got that back in 2003. The Sportbrake uses all of that know-how and more, with a little splash of magnesium thrown in for good measure.
Use of lighter materials such as aluminum cuts fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, and ultimately running costs – the new XF sedan last year cut 437 pounds (198 kilograms) over the previous model, and the new Sportbrake tips the scales at a relatively lithe 3,659 lbs (1,660 kg).
The XF’s engine range is made up of newly developed units from Jaguar Land Rover’s Ingenium range – a set of 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines that are designed to be flexible and cheap to manufacture.
Transmission-wise, the entry-level diesel car comes with a six-speed manual gearbox and the rest of the cars get an eight-speed automatic.
In U.K., the new XF Sportbrake range’s trim levels include: Pure, Prestige, Portfolio, R-Sport, S. Prices start at £34,910 (roughly $44,600), but prices yet to be confirmed for the rest of the range.
Engine options in Europe consist of:
163-hp 2.0-liter diesel manual and automatic; RWD
180-hp 2.0-liter diesel automatic; RWD and AWD
240-hp 2.0-liter diesel automatic; AWD
300-hp 3.0-liter V6 diesel automatic; RWD
250-hp 2.0-liter gasoline automatic; RWD