2012 GENEVA: First Look: Jaguar XF Sportbrake

March 5, 2012
Jaguar XF Sportbrake Front End 2
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We have previously seen leaked photos, Twitter images, and Christmas-themed teasers, but now it's time to see the Jaguar XF Sportbrake in all its glory. The British automaker revealed these photos of its newest station wagon, which will make its official debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show.
Jaguar XF Sportbrake Front End 2
Though the front of the car looks just like a regular Jaguar XF, the company confirms that every body part aft of the B-pillar is new or unique to the Sportbrake. Even so, the XF Sportbrake is only 0.2 inch longer than its sedan forbear, and weighs only 154 pounds more than the sedan. Rear-seat passengers also enjoy an extra 1.9 inches of headroom compared to in the four-door.
The Sportbrake's razor-straight beltline leads to a rounded tail, with an elegant curved spoiler, and a roofline that tapers down after the C-pillar. The taillights, partially bisected by a chrome trim strip that spans the width of the liftgate, are nearly identical to those on the regular Jaguar XF. The cargo area features an underfloor storage system with three compartments to hold smaller items, a soft-close feature for the liftgate, LED illumination, and remote levers to make folding the rear seats easier.
Jaguar XF Sportbrake Rear Three Quarter Static 2
Cargo capacity with the rear seats in place is 19.4 cubic feet, up from 17.7 in the sedan, while folding the seats provides an ample 59.2 cubic feet of storage. Most of the rear chassis is common between the XF Sportbrake and the sedan version, although the wagon has self-leveling air suspension to cope with extra loading while also providing sporty handling. Jaguar also says the XF Sportbrake will be "an accomplished tow vehicle."
Jaguar XF Sportbrake Rear
The European version of the car will be powered by either a 187-hp turbodiesel 2.2-liter inline-four, or a 271-hp turbodiesel 3.0-liter V-6. An eight-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive is standard. The Jaguar XF Sportbrake makes its official debut in Geneva before going on sale in Europe in the third quarter of this year.

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