Jaguar XF Sportbrake takes design cues from the standard XF sedan with the convenience and spacious nature of an executive estate
Jaguar has pulled the covers off an all-new estate executive model derived from the XF. Competing against the likes of BMW 5-Series Touring, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, Volvo V90 and Audi A6 Avant, the XF Sportbrake was revealed at the British brand’s Castle Bromwich plant where it will be assembled.
Based on the second generation XF sedan, the estate has a sweeping silhouette giving a dynamic appearance with a sporty profile when viewed from the sides. Jaguar claims that the new XF Sportbrake enables nearly equal front-to-rear 50:50 weight distribution. For the added weight of the estate, it features standard air suspension and gets optional all-wheel drive system.
Jaguar offers Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) that makes steering easy and eliminates understeer. Other than these technologies, the All Surface Progress Control and Adaptive Surface Response will help in improved traction in greasy conditions and make it an agile handling machine through the corners.
The engine lineup is directly taken from the XF sedan. The 2.0-litre diesel motor comes in three levels: 163 PS, 180 PS and 240 PS while the 3.0-litre V6 diesel sticks to making 300 PS. As for the petrol options, the XF Sportbrake gains a 2.0-litre engine developing 250 PS and it can be bought with an AWD system in China. The US-spec model will get a 3.0-litre V6 mill delivering 380 PS.
Up front, the the Jaguar XF Sportbrake looks as similar to its sedan cousin with F-Type based LED headlamps. With racked rear window line and the typical form factor of an estate, the Sportbrake can be conceived as an attractive vehicle if not more. On the inside, the air purification technology prevents entering of pollutants.
The 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, smartphone integration, Meridian premium sound system, Wi-Fi hotspot, Activity Key, proactive vehicle monitoring and remote engine start/stop are some of the advanced features made available on the new executive estate. Significant driver assistance systems are adaptive cruise control with queue assist, blind spot monitor, reverse traffic detection, 360-degree camera view, semi-automated park assist, etc.
They are listed alongside usual functions like autonomous emergency raking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, driver condition monitor and traffic sign recognition with intelligent speed limiter. The XF Sportbrake is 6 mm shorter than its predecessor but has 51 mm longer wheelbase with bootspace of 565 litres extended to 1,700 litres when rear seats folded down.
More luggage carrying capability as the roof is rated to carry 100 kg and a 320 litre luggage box can be specified as an option. With bookings already open in the UK, prices start at £34,910 (Rs. 28.77 lakh) for the 163 PS 2.0 manual prestige trim – £2,420 (nearly Rs. 2 lakh) costlier than the XF sedan but crucially £3,500 (Rs. 2.88 lakh) cheaper than the 5-Series Touring.