2017 Jaguar XF Sportbrake confirmed for June launch

Estate version of XF will arrive with engines borrowed from saloon.

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake will be revealed on 14 June by British tennis star Andy Murray as a rival to the BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes E-Class Estate.

Previewed in three new images that show the car on roads near the world’s most remote tennis court and with former British tennis pro Tim Henman, the car will introduce a full-length panoramic roof to the range and an exterior design that’s identical to the saloon, barring its more practical boot, which will increase luggage space and rear headroom.

Jaguar claims that its new estate will be the “most dynamic premium estate car in the world”, suggesting the chassis setup will use similar settings to the saloon rather than being adjusted to offer different handling characteristics.

The XF Sportbrake will be built upon the same aluminium architecture as the saloon, and it’ll also share engines with its sibling, meaning a 2.0-litre diesel will be the base unit, with 3.0-litre V6 petrol and diesel engines sitting above this in the range.

A 2.0-litre petrol engine, as launched along with a new wave of Ingenium units, will also be included with both variants of the XF. Development Sportbrakes (see gallery) have been running with this unit, suggesting it will be available in the model from launch.

Power outputs for the engines range from 161bhp to 375bhp. Drive is sent to the rear wheels as standard through a six-speed manual gearbox in lower models, with an eight-speed automatic offered as an option or as standard on the most potent units.

The saloon’s optional four-wheel drive system will likely also be offered on the estate. The range will be crowned by an XF S Sportbrake model.

Expect the XF Sportbrake to be slightly more expensive than the saloon, which costs from £32,300.



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