Official teaser shot confirms imminent arrival of rakish Jaguar estate. Here’s all the details plus exclusive images and spy shots
Jaguar has given us our first look at the undisguised upcoming XF Sportbrake, releasing a top down teaser image of the new Jaguar estate to whet the appetite.
The XF Sportbrake is due to arrive later this year, offering improved practicality over the saloon thanks to its swollen luggage space. The top-down shot of the new Sportbrake also reveals the XF will be offered with a full-length fixed panoramic glass roof, which should go some way to making the cabin light and airy. The teaser picture gives little insight into the interior, but changes over the XF saloon should be minimal.
Chief designer Ian Callum said that the new XF Sportbrake will bring “new levels of practicality without sacrificing the dynamic design and handling our customers expect”. The official picture tells us nothing about the production car’s side profile, but Callum promises a silhouette that “sweeps towards the rear”. The XF Sportbrake will join the Jaguar line-up this summer.
The imminent arrival of the XF Sportbrake comes as no surprise – Sales Operations Director Andy Goss confirmed the car’s existence to Auto Express at last year’s Paris Motor Show, and we’ve spied it testing too.
From the front it’s instantly recognizable as Jag’s big load-lugger, but at the rear we can clearly see the high roof line and more versatile load bay. It’s our first proper look at the back of the car, too, which although heavily camouflaged, appears to use similar tail lights to the saloon.
Jaguar design director Ian Callum put the record straight about the new XF Sportbrake in an exclusive interview with Auto Express, early last year.
“I was misquoted saying we’d never build another wagon,” Callum told us. “I was asked if we’d ever build an XE wagon – and we won’t.” When asked about an XF estate, he added: “That would be a very pretty car.”
Jaguar sales boss Andy Goss reiterated this when he addressed the media at the 2016 Paris Motor Show: “There are going to be more additions to the Jaguar family in 2017 and I can confirm that one of these will be the new XF Sportbrake,” he said.
Boot space is set to be slightly up on the saloon’s, at around 600 litres, while with the rear seats folded, space will be larger than before – 1,700 litres is feasible. The usual floor rail fixing system and powered tailgate are expected, too.
Engines and trims will mirror those in the saloon range, with entry-level 161bhp and 178bhp 2.0-litre diesels in Prestige, R-Sport and Portfolio specs. There will also be an S car with 297bhp, a 375bhp V6 petrol and an extreme SVR model to rival the Mercedes-AMG and Audi RS estates.
To visualise the car, we mocked up how the new model might look. Our exclusive images show the XF without disguise, sporting the same sleek front end as the new XF, with its more upright grille. The swept-back headlamps with Jag’s J-blade LED light signature also feature.
The rear profile won’t be too different to the outgoing model’s, adopting a more coupe-like shape than a traditional estate as hinted by Jaguar themselves. We expect the back window to be shallower – as it is on the F-Pace SUV – with the distinctive twin half-hoop LED lights from the saloon.
Callum told us: “I’m a wagon fan. And there’s a sense of obligation that once you’ve started a range, you need to continue for your customers and hope to grow with it.”
The design director went on to confirm that there was interest in the XF Sportbrake from the traditionally estate-averse Chinese market. “I’ve spoken to a number of Chinese about wagons,” he said. “There’s a general feeling that as the market changes and families grow, the need for a more practical car than a sedan becomes more necessary.”