Spy images of Jaguar’s upcoming estate version of the XF (named Jaguar XF Sportbrake) while it was being tested were released for the first time. Scheduled to be launched in 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show, this load-lugging XF is expected to use the Sportbrake name when it enters production. These pictures were snapped outside of Jaguar’s Whitley engineering centre.
It appears to have a roofline that gently slopes. It also has a sharply raked tailgate and subtle rear spoiler for the Sportbrake that add to keeping the sporty profile of the XF saloon.
The Sportbrake appears to be the same length as the 4961mm-long saloon, as the rear overhang has not been increased. It’s believed that Jaguar engineers gave the XF Sportbrake with a load capacity comparable to that of the Audi A6 Avant with 565-litres and BMW 5-series Touring with 560-litres.
The Sportbrake was built to be sporty, which is why it can’t match the 695-litres of the class leader, the Mercedes E-class estate.
From the B-pillars forwards, the XF Sportbrake is identical to the saloon version. The rear lights are heavily disguised, implying that Jaguar may want to have a different styling direction for the XF Sportbrake so that’s visually distinguishable from the saloon. Sources say that it could use the rear light design and blacked-out rear pillar treatment from the XJ to bridge the gap between the XF and XJ saloons.
It’s probable that the engine lineup of the XF Sportbrake will be the same as the saloon’s. The exception is the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 from the XFR. This indicates that the 2.2-litre four-cylinder and 3.0-litre V6 diesels will be available together with the normally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 petrol.
When Jaguar launched the XF in 2008, it also introduced a coupe-like profile to a sporting saloon. Not only that, the XF was lauded for its great blend of design, performance, quality and luxury. Now for the 2012 model year, Jaguar is introducing a practical evolution of the XF saloon– the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake. While it rides on the same wheelbase as the saloon, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake boasts of even greater presence.
The new Jaguar XF Sportbrake adheres to Jaguar’s design philosophy of featuring smooth and continuous lines flowing along and across the vehicle. The first of these feature lines starts from the propeller-inspired blades on the side air intakes, flowing to the lower wing crease and along the sills of the XF Sportbrake, then runs around the rear bumper.
Meanwhile, the second feature line begins from the outer edge of the side air intakes, thereby defining the edges of the front wings. This line then wraps around the car to create the car’s muscular shoulder line. Strong feature lines rise from the leading edges of the new grille over the bonnet, flowing smoothly into the A-pillars and over the roof.
These feature lines define the XF Sportbrake’s load area before flowing down to create the slope of the rear bumper and the tailgate. The Jaguar XF Sportbrake dons the same new upright grille and bonnet as well as the lightblade headlamp technology of the XF saloon. These headlamps sport bi-function HID xenon technology as well as LED daytime-running lights, which are laid out in a hallmark Jaguar 'J-Blade' outline.
Customers may request to fit their XF Sportbrakes with polished roof rails for added functionality. In addition, the new XF Sportbrake features the now elongated yet very elegant signature Jaguar side window graphic that has been stretched backwards to the rear windscreen as highlighted with a polished finish.