Preview: 2013 Jaguar XF Sportbrake
In North America luxury station wagons are like your friend’s pet snake – intriguing to look at, but you know you’ll never buy one. Which is precisely why Jaguar has made it clear upon unveiling the brand new 2013 Jaguar Sportbrake luxury wagon, that it has no agenda to bring this vehicle to North American shores. We’re just not that into lux wagons here, and Jaguar knows it.
Unveiled as a European-only offering, the XF Sportbrake will be turbo-powered exclusively by Jaguar’s 4 and 6-cylinder diesel engines. No gas or hybrid variants are in the works at this stage.
Despite the European focus, the XF Sportbrake does showcase just how versatile and important the XF platform has become for Jaguar. We have been big fans of the XF sedan here, and we’re not surprised at how well Jaguar has morphed the XF into a wagon form factor.
“The XF Sportbrake takes Jaguar’s globally acclaimed sporting saloon and extends its versatility and practicality while retaining the model’s core values of dramatic, muscular elegance, a dynamic driving experience and contemporary luxury.
The XF Sportbrake builds on the extensive refresh received by the XF saloon for the 2012 model year which saw it adopt a more assertive appearance in line with the flagship XJ model – including striking new lightblade headlamp technology.
The XF Sportbrake is entirely new from the B-pillar backwards, endowing it with a very different aesthetic, exemplified by the tautly-drawn elegance of the side-window line and highlighted by its polished finish. The conjunction of flowing rear window graphic, rising waist and estate roofline lends the XF Sportbrake a dynamic, broad-shouldered stance.
The design-led approach that created the XF Sportbrake’s exterior has been achieved in tandem with the goal of maximising practicality. The extended roofline affords rear-seat passengers an additional 48mm of headroom and the seats offer both a 60:40 split fold function and integral ski hatch. Remote-fold levers inside the load-space opening allow the seats to be stowed flat quickly and easily, creating a cargo volume of up to 1675 litres.
Befitting the XF Sportbrake’s perfect balance between usability and beauty, it is powered exclusively by Jaguar’s range of powerful, refined and efficient diesel engines, driving the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The 2.2-litre engine is fitted with Jaguar’s Intelligent Stop-Start system, making it the company’s most efficient powertrain to date, while the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 is available in two states of tune, with 275PS in the range-topping Diesel S.”
The XF Sportbrake will be Jaguar’s first wagon offering since halting production of the X-Type Sportwagon in 2009. XF Sportbrake production and pricing information has yet to be released.