Jaguar XF Sportbrake pictures leaked online

Article by Anita Panait, on February 28, 2012

Want to know what the Jaguar XF Sportbrake will look like when it is unveiled at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show? Some official pictures of the XFSportbrake have been leaked online, days prior to its scheduled launch. The pictures, which seem to be scanned from a brochure, shows the XFSportbrake featuring a sleek window line and a boot-lip spoiler. 

The pictures also show that Jaguar gave the XF Sportbrake the same disguised C-pillar treatment as the Jaguar XJ. It looks like the XF Sportbrake carry similar rear light arrangement from the saloon. Aside from that, the XF Sportbrake also appears similar to the saloon model from the B-pillars forward.

Jaguar created the XF Sportbrake to compete with the Audi A6 Avant and BMW 5-Series Touring. The XFSportbrake retains the sleek profile of the XF saloon and may feature the same load-lugging capacity as its potential Audi and BMW rivals, and may even be better. Jaguar retained XF Sportbrake’s approximate wheelbase as well as its rear overhang, allowing the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate to carry more luggage – beneath the floor.

A picture of the interior of the XF Sportbrake reveals that its rear seats could fold flat, and there also seems to be an additional loading compartment beneath the floor. Jaguar has yet to announce the engine that will power the XF Sportbrake, although it is expected that a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel will likely be fitted.  Other engine options include a pair of 3.0-litre V6 diesels and a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 petrol. Jaguar will also offer a ski hatch version of the XF Sportbrake.

In order to highlight the idea that the Jaguar XF Sportbrake has a sporting quality and a practical characteristic to it, the brand made use of the choices of the powertrain. Through the two engines, the XF Sportbrake is able to display an excellent mix of power, refinement, fuel economy, and low emissions. The first of these is the 2.2-liter 4-cylinder engine.

This is then coupled with the 8-speed gearbox that comes with the Intelligent Stop-Start system of the brand. With this pairing, the XF Sportbrake is able to deliver both the appeal and performance that people expect from the brand. Making this even more remarkable is that fuel consumption is enhanced while CO2 emissions are lowered. What the Stop-Start system does is that if the vehicle comes to a stop, different factors are immediately evaluated. Should the system determine the need, it stops the engine immediately.

Through a Twin Solenoid Starter, the engine can be restarted faster than the time it takes for the driver to move the foot from the brake to the vehicle’s accelerator. There is even what is known as the “change of mind” mode. This function is clever in a sense that the engine can be restarted at once even during a rundown stage. The driver can therefore take advantage of a gap that occurs in traffic.

The second powertrain is the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine. While Jaguar will be offering two states of tune for the XF Sportbrake, they will be paired to the 8-speed gearbox which can be managed through paddles that are mounted on the steering wheel. One of the tune is the “S” model which delivers output of 275 PS (202 kW) with peak torque of 442 lb.-ft. (600 Nm).

Clearly this more than meets the need of every passionate driver out there. According to the brand, each version of the XF Sportbrake will have the self-leveling air suspension fitted to the rear as standard. This will serve to replace the coil springs that are placed on the saloon. Developed and then tuned by the chassis engineers at Jaguar, it comes with the same linear response and thus guarantees that the XF Sportbrake has the same handling and ride qualities of the saloon.

The only difference is that the vehicle continues to be level even when fully loaded. Further, the brand’s Adaptive Dynamics system will be fitted on all XF Sportbrake models. This system constantly checks on the suspension and through the active dampers, can change the damping rate by as much as 500 times per second. This results in delivering maximum handling and stability without any need to compromise comfort.

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