2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake unveiled, will arrive this winter

Article by Christian A., on June 15, 2017

Nowadays, crossovers are all the buzz in US, but not everyone prefers the ride height and dynamic tradeoffs that are offered with that body style. For these consumers, the wagon is a top choice. And those who are in search for the perfect midsize wagon can have more than one option to choose from this winter. Geared to go head to head with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon and Volvo V90, the 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake will now enter the wagon game with a base price in the low- $70,000 range.

Jaguar has unveiled the new wagon variant of its second-gen XF named the Sportbrake. Taking the covers off the wagon at the Castle Bromwich factory where the vehicle is set to be produced, Jaguar designers and engineers claimed that they are confident that they have created a class-leading wagon. But Jaguar doesn't need to convince the German consumers of the Sportsbrake's capability as the previous generation variant of the vehicle had outsold the sedan model 60 percent to 40 percent there, but this doesn't automatically mean that the admiration for the wagon will also be the same in other countries. Still, the Jaguar Sportbrake will be sold in the coming months in China and US.

The XF Sportbrake is also offered with a premium air suspension that helps carry huge loads. A cool option also awaits the Sportbrake in the form of a creative panoramic glass roof that will provide the passengers an unobstructed view of the sky. The German marque revealed that it wanted to make the glass roof bigger, but due to the 63-inch (1.6m) length limitation of the oven capacity of the company that supplies the panes, Jaguar was unable to fit a larger glass roof.

Moreover, Jaguar also headed the game in switching aluminium constructions with its releases. The Sportbrake utilized all that know-how and a bit of magnesium was also included in the mix. Due to usage of aluminium, fuel consumption and CO2 emission were significantly reduced. Furthermore, the new XF sedan shaved off 437 lbs (198 kg) of its weight compared to its previous model. The new Sportbrake weighs around 3,659 lbs (1,660 kg).

Exterior Design

XF was fashioned from the outset with a wagon variant in mind, and engineers in Jaguar have done a sequence of changes to the estate model's layout for it to satisfy customer's taste and demands. The British marque revealed that the to-be owner of the XF Sportbrake can insert 2 electric buggies and 2 sets of golf clubs in the wagon without putting the seats down.

Jaguar's latest wagon will be given an array of tempting choices and standard kit, in case anyone still needs more convincing of the car's performance. Included in the set are full LED lights located at the front and back, and the new units at the back are designed to look like those on the F-type sports car.

For standard models, a powered tailgate will be equipped and there's also an electric tow hitch that can be controlled from the driver's seat and that can be removed out of sight if not needed.

Powertrain

The latest wagon range will be fitted with 2.0 L 4-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines that are geared to be flexible and economical. The entry-level vehicle will be offered with 6 speed manual gearbox and the rest will have 8-speed automatic.

New Sportbrake range trim levels in UK will include Pure, Prestige, Portfolio, R-Sport, S. Cost of the Sportbrake will be around £34,910 ($44,600), and prices of the rest of the range will be confirmed soon.

In Europe, Diesel engine options include the 163hp 2.0 L diesel manual and automatic RWD, 180hp 2.0 L diesel automatic RWD and AWD, 240hp 2.0 L diesel automatic AWD and 300hp 3.0 L V6 diesel automatic RWD. For gasoline engines, only one engine set-up is offered, specifically the 250hp 2.0 L gasoline automatic RWD.

Press Release

THE NEW JAGUAR XF SPORTBRAKE

Introducing the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake: grace, space and pace for the 21st century

Dramatic proportions lead to aerodynamic efficiency of Cd 0.29
Outstanding usability and Flexibility: 565 litres of boot space expands to 1,700 litres with the split folding rear seats lowered
Self-levelling rear Integral-Link air suspension ensures an effortless ride even with towing a load up to 2,000kg
Instinctive all-wheel drive (AWD) offers confidence in all weathers, with All Surface Progress Control optimising grip on all surfaces
Clean air zone for you and your family: cabin air filtration and ionisation removes pollutants entering the vehicle
Jaguar’s Driver Condition Monitoring system detects signs of drowsiness and warn drivers when they need to take a break, and joins a full suite of driver assistance and safety systems
Introduction of gesture control blind for 1.6m2 panoramic roof, gesture tailgate opening and Jaguar’s wearable waterproof Activity Key for running, cycling and water sports
Super-fast 10-inch Touch Pro infotainment system acts as your on-board digital butler
Four state-of-the-art four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines deliver clean, efficient power from 163PS to 250PS, with CO2 emissions as low as 118g/km
Choice of two six-cylinder engines: characterful 380PS 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine, or 300PS 3.0-litre V6 diesel that sprints to 60mph in 6.1 seconds
Stiff, light and agile: Aluminium-intensive architecture and a kerb weight from 1,660kg ensuring agility and efficiency
With low ownership costs, due to predicted high residual values and low running costs, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake is available to order now, priced in the UK from £34,910 (2.0d 163ps Prestige manual)
"The award winning Jaguar XF is already established as the most dynamic saloon car in the business segment. With the addition of the Sportbrake, we’re adding space and usability to the existing fun-to-drive package. And with super clean Ingenium engines mated with all-weather traction, we have developed a car to appeal to customers who want an efficient premium estate with low ownership costs."
NICK COLLINS, VEHICLE LINE DIRECTOR, JAGUAR XF

Introducing the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake

The new XF Sportbrake returns Jaguar to the premium estate segment with a compelling combination of design, driving dynamics and advanced technologies that make it the standout performer.

The XF Sportbrake sets new standards for practicality and convenience with user-friendly features and technologies that make every trip safer, smarter and more relaxed. Its combination of space and efficiency make the Sportbrake the perfect companion for customers with active lifestyles.

With a design that retains the distinctive curves of the saloon at the front, the new XF Sportbrake embodies Jaguar’s key design DNA and incorporates an eye-catching roofline, which sets it apart from the competition. Its sleek silhouette projects a dynamic and purposeful profile that transforms the amount of space available inside.

The interior provides spacious accommodation flooded with natural light from the full-length 1.6sq m panoramic roof. Rear occupants benefit from enhanced knee room and improved headroom, while the practical loadspace can accommodate 565 litres of luggage.

"As with the XF saloon, every line on the Sportbrake serves a clear purpose, creating a fast sweeping silhouette. This gives the car a sense of speed and a very dynamic appearance. As a result, I think it looks just as sporty as the saloon, if not more so."
IAN CALLUM, DIRECTOR OF DESIGN, JAGUAR

The new XF Sportbrake builds on the success of the saloon and has all of the advanced all-wheel drive (AWD) technologies and aluminium-intensive architectures that have made the XF a multi-award winner. Jaguar Land Rover’s family of innovative Ingenium powertrains equips the Sportbrake with the latest engine technologies.

The suspension set-up has been specially calibrated to reflect the demands placed on premium lifestyle estate models. The stiff and lightweight set-up gives the spacious estate Jaguar’s signature dynamics: a sports car-inspired character with agile handling and dynamic responses. Self-levelling air sprung rear suspension is fitted as standard to ensure the XF Sportbrake maintains its composure, even when fully loaded.

Jaguar’s optional Configurable Dynamics system, enables drivers to fine-tune settings for the steering, transmission and throttle. With Adaptive Dynamics dampers fitted, customers can also tune the suspension settings for a personalised driving experience.

Advanced software functions developed by Jaguar Land Rover, such as All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), Adaptive Surface Response (ASR) and Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) put the Sportbrake’s traction in low-grip situations and cornering ability on the same level as the saloon.

Customers looking for the ultimate confidence can choose an AWD drivetrain and Jaguar’s IDD system, which eliminates the understeer and electronic interventions that typically characterise dynamic driving in all-wheel drive models. As a result, the AWD XF Sportbrake retains Jaguar’s trademark rear-wheel drive feel and agile steering responses.

The XF Sportbrake continues Jaguar’s leadership in aluminium-intensive body construction to deliver a lightweight design that is both stiffer and lighter than its predecessor. Featuring an innovative new single-piece polymer tailgate, the Sportbrake delivers a near perfect 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution providing the foundations for its exceptional handling and efficiency.

Measuring 4,955mm, the new Sportbrake is 6mm shorter than the previous model, but its wheelbase has been lengthened by 51mm to 2,960mm. This optimises rear legroom and load space and contributes to the vehicle’s refined ride quality. Aerodynamics with a slippery drag coefficient of 0.29 contributes to CO2 emissions as low as 118g/km.

Jaguar Land Rover’s range of advanced four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines provides customary Jaguar performance, efficiency and towing capacity.

The range starts with a rear-wheel drive 163PS Ingenium diesel with variable geometry turbocharging that drives like a true Jaguar and provides exceptional efficiency. The advanced powerplant delivers CO2 emissions of just 118g/km with fuel efficiency of 62.8mpg (4.5 l/100km).

At the other end of the performance spectrum, customers can choose the 380PS supercharged V6 petrol engine**. Paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and Jaguar’s advanced all-wheel drive system, this combination provides sports car performance with the sprint from 0-100km/h completed in 5.5 seconds (0-60mph in 5.3 seconds).

"The XF Sportbrake is the embodiment of everything our brand stands for, bringing Jaguar design and dynamics to create vehicles that excite the senses and support active lifestyles. Its dynamic performance, desirable styling and cutting-edge technologies will introduce a new generation of drivers to Jaguar’s drive, passion and comfort."
STEVEN DE PLOEY, GLOBAL MARKETING STRATEGY AND PLANNING DIRECTOR, JAGUAR

The new XF Sportbrake is the perfect choice for customers with active lifestyles and features a series of new convenience features that enhance the practicality of Jaguar’s premium estate. These include Tow Assist technology and Jaguar’s rugged new wearable Activity Key, which lets users secure their vehicle while enjoying outdoor sports or activities without fear of losing their main key fob. Drivers are also able to set the maximum opening height for the gesture tailgate to prevent damage in areas where height is restricted, such as multi-storey car parks and garages.

Cabin air filtration and ionisation removes pollutants entering the vehicle, promoting health and wellness, while gesture controls for the tailgate and the sunblind for the panoramic sunroof underline the XF Sportbrake’s commitment to customer convenience.

A full suite of driver assistance and safety systems is provided, bolstered by Jaguar’s Driver Condition Monitor which examines a range of inputs to detect signs of drowsiness and warn drivers when they need to take a break.

The new XF Sportbrake range comprises:

XF Sportbrake Pure
XF Sportbrake Prestige
XF Sportbrake Portfolio
XF Sportbrake R-Sport
XF Sportbrake S
The powertrain range will include:

Diesel

163PS 2.0-litre diesel manual and automatic; RWD
180PS 2.0-litre diesel automatic; RWD and AWD
240PS 2.0-litre diesel automatic; AWD
300PS 3.0-litre V6 diesel automatic; RWD
Petrol

250PS 2.0-litre petrol automatic; RWD and *AWD
** 380PS 3.0-litre V6 petrol automatic; AWD
* Only available in China

** Only available in US, China and MENA, n/a in UK and EU

The new XF Sportbrake joins the existing saloon derivative manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich Plant.

Source: Jaguar

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