The new Jaguar XF Sportbrake – the most versatile Jaguar ever built -- was unveiled days before it makes its public debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The Sportbrake is built on the same underpinnings as the XF saloon. Overall, it is longer by only 5mm. Its weight is lower by 70kg and its chassis structure is a match to the strength of the conventional XF.
With these features, the Sportbrake nearly matches the excellent handling of the XF saloon but it provides a big and very useful load space. All the panels on the XF Sportbrake, from the B-Pillar rearwards, are new. The strong silver signature line that runs along the car’s length is extended. Meanwhile, the C-Pillar has a gloss black finish, a characteristic that’s similar to that of the XJ saloon.
The car’s rear is dominated by a bold chrome crossmember that features slim rear light units. As a result, this car merges style and function as it gains from having 48mm of additional rear headroom. Buyers can ask specifically for power struts on the big, practical tailgate that opens to show a wide and extremely versatile load space.
When the rear seats are up, the boot measures 550 litres and is framed by several cubby compartments. But when the seats are folded, it has a total volume of as much as 1,675-litres. The XF Sportbrake offers these practical features as standard equipment. Lowering the rear seats is made possible with remote fold levers in the boot area. As a result, there’s no need to stretch into the boot.
When the boot is open, the ground is lighted by several powerful LEDs. Meanwhile, the tailgate comes with a soft close function so there’s no reason to slam it. There’s a panel set into the boot floor that may be divided into three sections to permit smaller loads to be securely wedged so that any valuable or fragile cargo won’t be thrown around.
Helping protect these items is a tray mounted under the boot floor. Under the car, we see extensive revisions to the rear suspension. Driving dynamics is helped by the self-leveling air suspension. This means that the Sportbrake can function as a tow vehicle.
The XF Sportbrake is powered by a lineup of potent but efficient diesel engines, which are offered in 2.2-litre four cylinder and 3.0-litre six-cylinder versions. Each directs drive through the rear wheels with the use of an advanced eight-speed automatic gearbox. Its pricing and details will be revealed near its launch date set in the third quarter of 2012.