Jaguar has unveiled the handsome estate version of its XF sports saloon.
Called the Sportbrake, just like its acclaimed predecessor, the car will take on the likes of the BMW 5 Series Touring, Audi A6 Avant, Mercedes E-Class estate and Volvo V90.
The load space – 565 litres, expanding to a van-like 1,700 litres with the rear seats folded – compares favourably with its rivals.
The same length as the dynamic saloon, the XF Sportbrake looks much the same from the front, while the rear features wraparound LED lights and a chrome strip running the full width of the vehicle.
Wimbledon tennis champ Andy Murray pulled the covers off the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake before placing his men’s singles trophy inside and sending it on a UK-wide tour to inspire the next generation of players.
“Letting go of the trophy will be difficult, but there’s no better vehicle than the Jaguar XF Sportbrake to take it on this UK tour,” he said.
“I’m pleased that people are going to be able to get up close to the trophy when it visits schools and tennis clubs, and hopefully it might encourage people to pick up a racket this Summer.”
Jaguar Director of Design, Ian Callum, and his team and paid particular attention to the car’s aerodynamics and it’s paid off because it sports an aerodynamic efficiency of just 0.29 Cd.
“As with the XF saloon, every line on the Sportbrake serves a clear purpose, creating a fast, sweeping silhouette,” added Callum.
“This gives the car a sense of speed and a very dynamic appearance. As a result, I think it looks just as sporty as the saloon, if not more so.”
Innovations include an intuitive gesture-controlled sunblind for the Sportbrake’s full-length, panoramic roof, Driver Condition Monitoring to detect signs of tiredness after an active day and a waterproof Activity Key you can wear while playing sport.
Customers can also specify Cabin Air Ionisation, which purifies air to provide protection against pollution.
The Sportbrake’s roof rails can carry loads of up to 100kg, while the car itself has a two-tonne towing capacity, allowing owners to transport a trailer, boat, jet ski or horse box.
The XF Sportbrake is available with Jaguar’s range four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines with CO2 emissions as low as 118g/km, plus potent six-cylinder engines including the 380PS 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol or the 300PS TDV6, which accelerates from 0-100km/h in 6.6 seconds (0-60mph in 6.1seconds).
Available to order now and priced from £34,910, the XF is manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich Plant in the Midlands, alongside the XE, XJ and F-Type.