Geneva preview: The Jaguar XF Sportbrake

One angry station wagon
Feb 29, 2012
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Jaguar will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the station wagon variant of its midsize sports sedan in the XF Sportbrake which, according to the British carmaker, "represents a compelling combination of elegance and capability--both practical and dynamic."

Sharing the same new lightblade headlamp technology as the sedan, the XF Sportbrake adopts a new, more upright grille and a purposeful bonnet, making it instantly recognizable in a vehicle's rear-view mirror. The lights themselves also feature bi-function HID xenon technology and LED daytime-running lights arranged in a distinctive Jaguar 'J-Blade' pattern. From the B-pillar backwards, however, the XF Sportbrake is entirely new with the flowing rear window, rising beltline and classic station-wagon roofline giving it a dynamic, broad-shouldered stance. Enhancing the fluidity of the XF Sportbrake's rear haunches are the gloss black finishers on the rear pillars, which give it a wraparound effect in conjunction with the tinted rear screen. Finishing the car's rear are the LED tail lamps that, together with the chrome signature blade on the lift gate, emphasize the solid rear stance of the XF Sportbrake.

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Inside the XF Sportbrake, a centrally-mounted touchscreen serves as the display for the navigation system and a range of other functions while the switchgear features new soft-touch matt black paint and a soft phosphor blue illumination theme throughout. More sculpted, heavily bolstered front seats hint at the dynamic potential of the car while the entirely new rear seats have been comprehensively redesigned and feature an integral ski hatch and a 60:40 split. One obvious benefit of the XF Sportbrake's extended roofline is that rear seat passengers get an additional 48mm of headroom while the split-fold function of the rear seats and the capability to stow them flat quickly and easily results in a cargo volume of up to 1,675 liters.

Jaguar will offer the XF Sportbrake with its range of 2.2-liter in-line-four and 3.0-liter V6 diesel engines, with the range-topping S variant putting out 271hp and 600Nm of torque. Putting the power of these engines to the XF Sportbrake's rear wheels is an eight-speed transmission that can be controlled via steering wheel-mounted paddles.

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"The XF epitomizes the Jaguar sporting dynamic with its combination of innovative, seductive design and performance. In the XF Sportbrake this is complemented by a no-compromise approach to practicality and versatility," said Adrian Hallmark, global brand director for Jaguar Cars.


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