Jaguar is studying plans to expand sales of its new XF Sportbrake outside of Europe. Images of the sports car were released last Wednesday before it will be launched at the Geneva Motor Show. A Jaguar spokesman said that this is a “Europe-only car” for now but they may be offered in other markets in the long-term.
Jaguar has already said that the XF wagon won’t be offered in the U.S., where wagons are not as popular as they are in Europe. The XF Sportbrake will go up against the wagon versions of the BMW 5-series, Audi A6 and Mercedes E class. The Jaguar spokesman said that this new car will provide access to 30% more of the medium premium car market. Jaguar said that initially, the XF Sportbrake will make up about 20% of XF sales.
The spokesman added that this figure could increase. Jaguar will be competing with more established brands as this is actually its first wagon since production of the X-Type was stopped in 2008.
This new car will only be available in a diesel version, either a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.0-liter V6. Jaguar denied speculations and said that it will not produce a V8 gasoline version or an all-wheel-drive model. When the rear seats are down, the trunk space is 1,675 liters (which makes it just within five liters of the BMW 5-series Touring and A6 Avant).
Mercedes E-class wagon has 1,950 liters. The XF Sportbrake offers self-levelling air suspension as standard. It also comes with a soft-close function on the tailgate. Dropping its rear seats could be done by moving the levers set into the floor of the boot. It also has an integrated panel that permits the area to be divided into three to wedge smaller loads. The vehicle will be introduced to the market in the third quarter of 2012. Jaguar will reveal its pricing details shortly before then.
The Jaguar XF’s coupe-like profile is primarily thanks to its sporting saloon template. Since its debut in 2008, the Jaguar XF has been receiving accolades for its fusion of design, performance and luxury. For the 2012 model year, the Jaguar XF has received a major redesign both on the exterior and in the cabin. Likewise, a new body style is introduced for the 2012 model year – the Jaguar XF Sportbrake estate.
With its new form, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake represents an evolution of the XF with the same wheelbase– it is still a performance machine but with higher levels of practicality. The estate version of the XF still adheres to Jaguar’s design philosophy that makes use of smooth, uninterrupted flow of lines leading the attention of onlooker along and around the vehicle.
One of these smooth feature lines starts from the propeller-inspired blades on the side air intakes, turning one’s attention to the lower wing crease and along the sills of the XF Sportbrake and around its rear bumper. Another feature line starts from the outer edge of the same side air intakes, but this time it defines the edges of the front wings and then wraps the estate to its muscular shoulder line.
Just like its saloon sibling, the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake features a new, more upright grille flanked by a new lightblade headlamps with bi-function HID xenon technology. The new Jaguar XF Sportbrake also features LED daytime-running lights arranged in a Jaguar 'J-Blade' pattern. In addition, the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake features a more purposeful bonnet.