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
Jaguar XF Sportbrake in brief
2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake
THE NEW JAGUAR XF SPORTBRAKE
Introducing the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake: grace, space and pace for the 21st century
- Dramatic proportions lead to aerodynamic efficiency of Cd 0.29
- Outstanding usability and Flexibility: 565 litres of boot space expands to 1,700 litres with the split folding rear seats lowered
- Self-levelling rear Integral-Link air suspension ensures an effortless ride even with towing a load up to 2,000kg
- Instinctive all-wheel drive (AWD) offers confidence in all weathers, with All Surface Progress Control optimising grip on all surfaces
- Clean air zone for you and your family: cabin air filtration and ionisation removes pollutants entering the vehicle
- Jaguar’s Driver Condition Monitoring system detects signs of drowsiness and warn drivers when they need to take a break, and joins a full suite of driver assistance and safety systems
- Introduction of gesture control blind for 1.6m2 panoramic roof, gesture tailgate opening and Jaguar’s wearable waterproof Activity Key for running, cycling and water sports
- Super-fast 10-inch Touch Pro infotainment system acts as your on-board digital butler
- Four state-of-the-art four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines deliver clean, efficient power from 163PS to 250PS, with CO2 emissions as low as 118g/km
- Choice of two six-cylinder engines: characterful 380PS 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine, or 300PS 3.0-litre V6 diesel that sprints to 60mph in 6.1 seconds
- Stiff, light and agile: Aluminium-intensive architecture and a kerb weight from 1,660kg ensuring agility and efficiency
- With low ownership costs, due to predicted high residual values and low running costs, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake is available to order now, priced in the UK from £34,910 (2.0d 163ps Prestige manual)
"The award winning Jaguar XF is already established as the most dynamic saloon car in the business segment. With the addition of the Sportbrake, we’re adding space and usability to the existing fun-to-drive package. And with super clean Ingenium engines mated with all-weather traction, we have developed a car to appeal to customers who want an efficient premium estate with low ownership costs."
NICK COLLINS, VEHICLE LINE DIRECTOR, JAGUAR XF
Introducing the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake
The new XF Sportbrake returns Jaguar to the premium estate segment with a compelling combination of design, driving dynamics and advanced technologies that make it the standout performer.
The XF Sportbrake sets new standards for practicality and convenience with user-friendly features and technologies that make every trip safer, smarter and more relaxed. Its combination of space and efficiency make the Sportbrake the perfect companion for customers with active lifestyles.
With a design that retains the distinctive curves of the saloon at the front, the new XF Sportbrake embodies Jaguar’s key design DNA and incorporates an eye-catching roofline, which sets it apart from the competition. Its sleek silhouette projects a dynamic and purposeful profile that transforms the amount of space available inside.
The interior provides spacious accommodation flooded with natural light from the full-length 1.6sq m panoramic roof. Rear occupants benefit from enhanced knee room and improved headroom, while the practical loadspace can accommodate 565 litres of luggage.
"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."
IAN CALLUM, DIRECTOR OF DESIGN, JAGUAR
The new XF Sportbrake builds on the success of the saloon and has all of the advanced all-wheel drive (AWD) technologies and aluminium-intensive architectures that have made the XF a multi-award winner. Jaguar Land Rover’s family of innovative Ingenium powertrains equips the Sportbrake with the latest engine technologies.
The suspension set-up has been specially calibrated to reflect the demands placed on premium lifestyle estate models. The stiff and lightweight set-up gives the spacious estate Jaguar’s signature dynamics: a sports car-inspired character with agile handling and dynamic responses. Self-levelling air sprung rear suspension is fitted as standard to ensure the XF Sportbrake maintains its composure, even when fully loaded.
Jaguar’s optional Configurable Dynamics system, enables drivers to fine-tune settings for the steering, transmission and throttle. With Adaptive Dynamics dampers fitted, customers can also tune the suspension settings for a personalised driving experience.
Advanced software functions developed by Jaguar Land Rover, such as All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), Adaptive Surface Response (ASR) and Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) put the Sportbrake’s traction in low-grip situations and cornering ability on the same level as the saloon.
Customers looking for the ultimate confidence can choose an AWD drivetrain and Jaguar’s IDD system, which eliminates the understeer and electronic interventions that typically characterise dynamic driving in all-wheel drive models. As a result, the AWD XF Sportbrake retains Jaguar’s trademark rear-wheel drive feel and agile steering responses.
The XF Sportbrake continues Jaguar’s leadership in aluminium-intensive body construction to deliver a lightweight design that is both stiffer and lighter than its predecessor. Featuring an innovative new single-piece polymer tailgate, the Sportbrake delivers a near perfect 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution providing the foundations for its exceptional handling and efficiency.
Measuring 4,955mm, the new Sportbrake is 6mm shorter than the previous model, but its wheelbase has been lengthened by 51mm to 2,960mm. This optimises rear legroom and load space and contributes to the vehicle’s refined ride quality. Aerodynamics with a slippery drag coefficient of 0.29 contributes to CO2 emissions as low as 118g/km.
Jaguar Land Rover’s range of advanced four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines provides customary Jaguar performance, efficiency and towing capacity.
The range starts with a rear-wheel drive 163PS Ingenium diesel with variable geometry turbocharging that drives like a true Jaguar and provides exceptional efficiency. The advanced powerplant delivers CO2 emissions of just 118g/km with fuel efficiency of 62.8mpg (4.5 l/100km).
At the other end of the performance spectrum, customers can choose the 380PS supercharged V6 petrol engine**. Paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and Jaguar’s advanced all-wheel drive system, this combination provides sports car performance with the sprint from 0-100km/h completed in 5.5 seconds (0-60mph in 5.3 seconds).
"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."
STEVEN DE PLOEY, GLOBAL MARKETING STRATEGY AND PLANNING DIRECTOR, JAGUAR
The new XF Sportbrake is the perfect choice for customers with active lifestyles and features a series of new convenience features that enhance the practicality of Jaguar’s premium estate. These include Tow Assist technology and Jaguar’s rugged new wearable Activity Key, which lets users secure their vehicle while enjoying outdoor sports or activities without fear of losing their main key fob. Drivers are also able to set the maximum opening height for the gesture tailgate to prevent damage in areas where height is restricted, such as multi-storey car parks and garages.
Cabin air filtration and ionisation removes pollutants entering the vehicle, promoting health and wellness, while gesture controls for the tailgate and the sunblind for the panoramic sunroof underline the XF Sportbrake’s commitment to customer convenience.
A full suite of driver assistance and safety systems is provided, bolstered by Jaguar’s Driver Condition Monitor which examines a range of inputs to detect signs of drowsiness and warn drivers when they need to take a break.
The new XF Sportbrake range comprises:
- XF Sportbrake Pure
- XF Sportbrake Prestige
- XF Sportbrake Portfolio
- XF Sportbrake R-Sport
- XF Sportbrake S
The powertrain range will include:
- 163PS 2.0-litre diesel manual and automatic; RWD
- 180PS 2.0-litre diesel automatic; RWD and AWD
- 240PS 2.0-litre diesel automatic; AWD
- 300PS 3.0-litre V6 diesel automatic; RWD
- 250PS 2.0-litre petrol automatic; RWD and *AWD
- ** 380PS 3.0-litre V6 petrol automatic; AWD
* Only available in China
** Only available in US, China and MENA, n/a in UK and EU
The new XF Sportbrake joins the existing saloon derivative manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich Plant.