Auto Show : 2012 Geneva Auto Show
Jaguar XF Sportbrake: Geneva Auto Show
- Four- and six-cylinder turbodiesel engines and eight-speed automatic
- Flexible cargo space and more rear-seat headroom than the sedan
- Self-leveling rear air suspension standard, adaptable suspension available
Some European luxury brands like Mercedes and Volvo have long included wagon versions of their popular mid-size sedans. Over the years, Jaguar has produced "estate" vehicles, as wagons are called in the UK, but not to the extent of its continental rivals. But with the debut of the Sportbrake at the Geneva Auto Show, Jag is back in the game with a version of the XF that's more versatile but that remains sporty and luxurious.
The new XF Sportbrake will be available in Europe later this year with three engine choices, all turbodiesel. A 2.2-liter four-cylinder is the base engine, while the 3-liter V6 is available in two degrees of tuning, the more powerful one good for 275 horsepower and 442 lb-ft torque. Power is transmitted through an eight-speed automatic.
The new car rides on the same wheelbase as the sedan, but the two chassis are not identical. The Sportbrake gets rear air suspension that's self-leveling, preventing squat under a heavy load. Available adaptive suspension provides further versatility, with automatic or driver-controlled sport and comfort settings.
The XF Sportbrake's interior and exterior styling is sporty yet refined, too. Inside, quality materials carry over into the cargo area, which includes a lockable floor compartment and rails for securing items. Remote-release 60/40 split rear seats fold to create more space. When upright for occupants, the all-new rear seat offers nearly two inches more rear headroom than in the XF sedan.
Outside, the sloping roofline lends a sleek and aggressive look, tapering into wraparound rear glass flanked by gloss black accents. Daytime running lights and taillights are LED, the latter split by a horizontal chrome blade. Xenon headlights include available adaptive technology.
Neither diesels nor wagons are nearly as popular in the US as they are in Europe, so some models never make it to North American customers. Jaguar has not confirmed if the Sportbrake will upset this trend and make an American appearance, but its arrival would certainly be a versatile addition to the US luxury wagon segment.
What it means to you: Based on the XF sedan, the Sportbrake's wagon design is more versatile for carrying cargo and roomier for rear seat passengers, yet remains sporty and refined.