The automotive world is intensely competitive given the growing number of players, but the British car manufacturer is adamantly holding on to its spot. The 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake, priced at $70,450 will soon be joining Volvo V90 and and Mercedes-Benz E-Class in the battle for the best luxury wagon--- both in the US and the rest of North America.
Bearing the price tag of $71,445 inclusive of destination charge, Jaguar’s new luxury estate wagon will be head to head with Volvo’s $49,950-$55,950 V90 as well as Mercedes Benz’s $62,300 E-Class in this tough competition.
While the XF Sportbrake is significantly pricier than the XF sedan (which carries a starting price of $47,775), the S-specced, all-wheel drive wagon has been armed with additional cargo space, a sunroof and a 380hp 3.0 liter supercharged V6 engine. Its trunk capacity is at 20cu.ft which is expandable up to 60 cu.ft. when the seats are folded.
Spec wise, the XF Sportbrake comes equipped with IDD (Intelligent Driveline Dynamics) that enhances steering, as well as semi-automated park assist and electronic automatic braking. The IDD not only helps in eliminating understeer but is also useful in keeping those wheels firmly grounded when paired with Jaguar’s Adaptive Surface Response (or AdSR) and All Surface Progress Control (or ASPC) software systems.
Though basically a sedan with a long roof, the current design language on the Sportbrake gives the car a very dynamic appearance and at the same time, a sporty sense.
Inside it comes the new 10-inch infotainment system, a nice new cabin plus highly enjoyable tech features such as the flip around air vents, rising shift knob, Gesture Blind control system and Activity Key wearable device. One of the exciting features of course is the panoramic sun roof that you can control by moving your hand.
Strangely, the British automaker offers no other options for its powertrain except for the standard 380hp and 332lb-ft of torque V6 paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission with AWD. With a curb weight of 4045lb, the US-spec Sportbrake can go from a zero to 60mph in 5.3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 121mph.
In the UK, the sports wagon is offered in several variants such as the S-models, R- Sport, Portfolio, Prestige and Pure level trims. While in Europe, the engine range consists of a 250hp (186kW) 2.0-liter gas along with its 163 hp-300 hp 2.0-3.0-liter diesel engines. Either way, the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake will surely entice a handful of US consumers once it gets to the shores this winter.