We’ve already seen spy shots of the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake, but these latest images – courtesy of Motor Authority – reveal a sportier S model undergoing testing. The estate version of Jaguar’s executive model will take on sportier versions of both the Audi A6 Avant and Mercedes E-Class Estate.
Jaguar XF Sportbrake styling
Just like the previous Sportbrake spotted testing, this S model carries a heavy disguise making the more intricate styling details hard to pick out. However, the deeper front bumper and larger air intakes single this out as a more powerful trim level.
Its alloy wheels have grown in diameter to house larger brake discs gripped by bright red calipers. At the back, the Sportbrake gets the same exhaust layout as the S saloon, with a pair of chromed tailpipes poking our from within a rear diffuser.
Jaguar XF Sportbrake interior
We haven’t seen any images of the XF Sportbrake’s cabin yet, but the dashboard will almost certainly look identical to the saloon’s. Of course, the most important change will be in the back – it’ll need to offer more than 600 litres if it’s to even begin to rival the Mercedes E-Class Estate’s vast carrying capacity.
Jaguar XF Sportbrake driving and engines
In saloon form, the XF S is available with a pair of 3.0-litre V6 engines, and the Sportbrake will make use of the same units. A supercharged petrol pumps out 375hp, which helps the saloon onto a 5.1-second 0-62mph time, and the 296hp turbodiesel trades off a little performance for a claimed 51.4mpg fuel consumption figure. Those figures are set to drop slightly due to the extra weight the Sportbrake carries compared to the saloon.
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Jaguar XF Sportbrake Estate latest news (updated October 2016)
Jaguar has leaked an image of a heavily disguised XF Sportbrake – a more practical estate version of its XF executive saloon. When this new model goes on sale in 2017 it’ll face fierce competition from the likes of the Audi A6 Avant, BMW 5 Series Touring and Volvo V90.
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New Jaguar XF Sportbrake – styling
The new Sportbrake will be based on the same platform as the saloon and, as a result, will probably look almost identical from the front. It’s expected to borrow the saloon’s brakelights, too, but feature a longer roof, a slimmer rear windscreen and a discrete roof-mounted rear spoiler.
This photo shows the test car has been fitted with numerous camouflage panels but we can still see it sports a clearly curved roof that flows into a slanted rear window. These stylish design cues should lend the XF Sportbrake a sporty look that’s sometimes missing from boxy estate cars.
New Jaguar XF Sportbrake – interior
Buyers will have plenty of technology at their disposal in the Sportbrake’s cabin including an intuitive 10.2-inch screen infotainment system. You should be able to dispose of the analogue dials in favour of a 12.3-inch digital display, too. We expect the cabin to be a pleasant place to sit but it may be let down by a number of hard plastic trim pieces – as found in the XF saloon.
New Jaguar XF Sportbrake – engines and driving
The engine range will include a number of four-cylinder petrol and diesel models and could be topped by an XFR version harbouring a 5.0-litre supercharged V8. The entry-level 2.0-litre diesel is expected to make up the bulk of sales if it can match the saloon’s £20 annual road tax bill and impressive 71.7mpg fuel economy figure.
Minor suspension adjustments will be made to help this estate model cope with carrying heavy loads but, much like the saloon, the XF Sportbrake will probably be best suited to comfy motorway cruising. Once you’re finished at the car boot sale, however, this Jaguar shouldn’t be adverse to a Sunday morning jaunt to explore the odd country road.
Jaguar XF Sportbrake price and release date
Prices haven’t been confirmed but we expect the new Sportbrake model to cost approximately £2,000 more than its saloon sibling across the range when it goes on sale in 2017. Entry-level versions could cost around £34,000 while top-spec XFR versions will set you back closer to £52,000.
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