The launch of Jaguar’s XF Sportbrake station wagon is eagerly awaited. This model is set to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. This is likely to go up against the wagon versions of the BMW 5 series, Audi A6 and Mercedes E class. Matthew Overall, dealer principle for Jaguar Brentwood in Essex, southern England, said that he believes this model would add 20% to 30% of “additional sales on top of the XF at the moment.”
No official delivery date has been announced but it’s expected that the delivery of XF Sportbrakes will start toward the end of the year.
Overall told Automotive News Europe that the company is hoping to get but the dealers needed it “sooner rather than later.” He said that Jaguar wants to improve on its offering of just three models and is now preparing to offer new cars soon. Jaguar said that there are presently no plans for the XF Sportbrake to be sold in North America since significant design changes are necessary to comply with U.S. federal regulations.
Market researchers JATO Dynamics said that the XF sedan is the top seller among Jaguar's three-model lineup. Its sales fell by almost 18% to 16,700 XF cars in Europe last year.
The BMW 5-series, the top-selling car in its class, reported a 30% increase to 143,804 units. Jaguar has yet to offer the complete details about the XF Sportbrake but it’s rumored that the wagon's engine line-up will come from the XF sedan. This implies an entry-level 2.2-liter diesel and rising to a 3.0-liter diesel with the possibility for luxury V8 gasoline versions. In 2009, Jaguar stopped sales of the X-Type (its first-ever wagon) due to poor sales of this car, which is based on the Ford Mondeo.
Originally introduced back in 2008, the XF showed that a saloon template could still have an outline similar to a coupe. As such, it garnered critical acclaim especially with how it manages to get a good mix of luxury, design, quality, dynamics, and performance. For the 2012 model year, Jaguar not only redesigned the exterior, but the interior as well. The brand will also be presenting the XF Sportbrake which utilizes the performance the XF is known for and adds in a certain level as it relates to practicality. The brand has long been known to follow the notion of using continuous and smooth lines that focus one’s attention along the model and around it.
This is very obvious with the XF Sportbrake and even if it has the same wheelbase as that of the saloon, it brings with it a different presence altogether. One reason is the simple feature lines that start with the blades that have been incorporated to the side air intakes. It results in highlighting the crease in the lower wing and this proceeds to the sills and then to the rear bumper.
There is a second feature line that starts from the same air intakes but instead goes to the outer edge. This line allows the front wings’ edges to be expressed better after which it wraps itself around the model to give the XF Sportbrake that muscular shoulder line.
While the XF Sportbrake does make use of the lightblade headlamp technology that is also utilized in the saloon, it puts in a grille that is more upright and by combining it with a purposeful bonnet, improves what is known as the 'rear-view mirror' recognition factor. The lights have HID bi-function xenon technology with the LED daytime-running lights set in a unique J-blade configuration.