Jaguar's real estate, the XF Sportbrake
09/03/12 18:15 Filed in: News
Jaguar has unveiled the estate car version of the Jaguar XF. Considering the popularity of the Jaguar X-type Estate, some might find it strange that Jaguar did not take the plunge sooner.
Sharing its underpinnings with the XF saloon, the Sportbrake's overall length grows by just 5mm, its weight by less 70kg and its chassis structure matches the strength of the conventional XF. Jaguar say this is why the XF closely matches the handling of the XF saloon, while such a substantial increase in load space.
Perhaps answering the question in the first paragraph, every panel on the XF Sportbrake, from the B-Pillar rearwards, is new.
The strong silver signature line running the length of the car is extended while the C-Pillar is finished in gloss black like the XJ saloon. The higher rear roofline also brings a bonus for rear seat occupants as the XF Sportbrake offers 48mm more headroom than on the coupé-roofline of the XF saloon.
The load space amounts to 550-litres with the rear seats up, increasing to1,675 litres when the rear seats are folded. Self-levelling air suspension helps the Sportbrake’s credentials as a tow vehicle.
Prices and specifications will be announced nearer the time of the launch of the Sportbrake, set to take place in the third quarter of 2012.