Jaguar makes a racquet for new XF Sportbrake
Jaguar is set to reveal its new XF Sportbrake at the world-famous Wimbledon tournament next month, but in the meantime it has treated us to some pictures of what we can expect the new estate car to look like.
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Ahead of its debut on court on 14 June, Jaguar decided to send ex-sports star Tim Henman to find the remotest tennis court in the UK – if you were wondering why it’s covered in a tennis ball wrap, that’s why.
From the teaser pics it’s clear that from some angles the Sportbrake will look identical to the saloon, featuring the same grille, air intakes and headlight design. It’s only when you look side-on or from behind you realise this is a practical load-lugger as well as an exec saloon.
We’ve not been treated to a picture of the rearmost section of the car, but we can expect it to get a similar wraparound tail light design that we’ve seen on the F-Pace SUV.
Just like the exterior, the interior will be identical to the saloon as far as the passenger compartment is concerned, but boot space is likely to be more impressive, with around 600 litres of capacity expected to be on offer.
An earlier top-down teaser reveals the new XF Sportbrake will arrive with a full-length panoramic glass roof, ensuring the cabin remains light and airy to soak up those summer rays when it is launched.
Engine-wise, expect the same 2.0-litre turbocharged diesels found in the saloon, which offer 161 and 177bhp respectively. A more potent 3.0-litre V6 diesel is likely to be on the cards too, as are 2.0 and 3.0-litre petrols – although diesel’s likely to be the most popular choice.
Jaguar director of design Ian Callum said that the new XF Sportbrake will bring “new levels of practicality without sacrificing the dynamic design and handling our customers expect”.
Taking centre stage at Wimbledon next month, the XF Sportbrake should be available to UK customers by the end of the year, and will be priced slightly higher than the equivalent saloon. You can check out lease deals on the current XF saloon by clicking here.