The folks at Autocar appear to have brochure scans of the upcoming Jaguar XF Sportbrake. The existence of the vehicle is not a huge secret, as Jaguar itself has done a prolonged striptease of the handsome hauler via its Twitter feed. Even old Saint Nick got in on the action a few months ago.
Although it’s unclear whether or not this rakish upscale wagon will come stateside, it’s a critical part of Jaguar’s European sales strategy, where the Audi A6 Avant and BMW 5 Series wagon are strong sellers. The engine lineup is expected to include a four-cylinder and V-6 diesel, as well as Jaguar’s available 5.0-liter direct-injection V-8. No word on a supercharged “R” variant yet.
Standing on this side of the Atlantic, we sincerely hope that Jaguar doesn’t go the conventional SUV route, or even worse, a “four-door coupe” on stilts along the lines of the BMW X6. We think the XF Sportbrake would fill the bill nicely for a more practical offering in its lineup. Seeing as most Jaguar dealers in the U.S. are also paired with a Land Rover franchise, the XF could be a unique offering for those that appreciate the dynamics of a performance sedan, with the periodic practicality of a small SUV.
Alas, we know automakers’ ultimate goal is to sell cars and make money; as much as we’d love to see it here, we know the market for it would be small. Here’s hoping it’s big enough to be justified.