At the Geneva Show Jaguar has unveiled the XF Sportbrake, a versatile, premium estate that features a spacious interior – with five seats and additional 48mm of rear headroom – 60:40 split rear seats, floor rails and with a load-space ranging from 550 up to 1675 liters.
The XF Sportbrake is just 5mm longer than the sedan version, and the weight is increased by only 70kg, while maintaining the same torsional stiffness.
The design features an all new tapering rear volume, with the window graphic stretched backwards to the rear windscreen and highlighted with a brightly polished finish, inspired by the XJ, much like the gloss black D-pillars. The dynamic, arched roofline is underlined by the polished roof rails (available as optionals).
Among the technical features are the new rear air suspension – which allows for self-levelling while load carrying , the Adaptive Dynamics System – which continuously monitors and adjusts damping rates, ‘soft-close’ tailgate.
The range of engines includes four- and six-cylinder turbo-diesel units.
“Creating the Sportbrake was a great opportunity for us to extend the XF’s design aesthetic. The flow and connection of lines that lead the eye around the car result in an entirely practical estate car consistent with Jaguar’s reputation for drama and elegance.” said Wayne Burgess, Studio Director, Jaguar Design.
Check the ful design story below or visit the gallery of photos here.
From the official Press Release:
Jaguar XF Sportbrake: Design Story
Launched in 2008, the XF introduced a coupe-like profile to the sporting saloon template.
Substantially redesigned both inside and out for the 2012 model year, the saloon is now joined by the XF Sportbrake which builds on the model’s undoubted performance credentials and provides an additional level of practicality.
The Jaguar design philosophy is based on the smooth, uninterrupted flow of lines that lead the eye along and around the vehicle and this is readily apparent in the XF Sportbrake which, despite sharing an identical wheelbase with the saloon, is imbued with even greater presence.
The first of these feature lines begins in the propeller-inspired blades fitted to the side air intakes, leading the eye into the lower wing crease and then along the sills of the car and around the rear bumper. The second feature line runs up from the outer edge of the same intakes, defining the edges of the front wings before wrapping the entire way around the car, creating the XF Sportbrake’s muscular shoulder line.
Sharing the same new lightblade headlamp technology as the saloon, the XF Sportbrake also adopts the new, more upright grille and purposeful bonnet, giving it an enhanced ‘rear-view mirror’ recognition factor.
The lights themselves feature bi-function HID xenon technology and LED daytime-running lights arranged in a distinctive Jaguar ‘J-Blade’ pattern.
From the leading edges of the grille, strong feature lines rise over the bonnet, then seamlessly into the A-pillars and over the roof, defining the load area before flowing down to form the slope of the tailgate and rear bumper.
The roofline itself is echoed by polished roof rails (when specified) that add both functionality as well as a strong feature element.
The signature Jaguar side window graphic is here seen in its most elegant and elongated form, stretched backwards to the rear windscreen like a taut bowstring and highlighted with a brightly polished finish.
The conjunction of the side window graphic tapering down to meet the rising shoulder line not only emphasizes the XF Sportbrake’s strong haunches but also helps the rear roofline appear to taper elegantly towards the tail.
This impression of fluidity is heightened by the use of gloss black finishers on the rear pillars, providing a wraparound effect in conjunction with the tinted rear screen, an aesthetic inspired by the superstructures of luxury yachts. The rear lamps feature LED technology for brake, light and indicator functions and, by their width and the manner in which they sandwich the chrome signature blade, emphasize the solid rear stance of the XF Sportbrake.
The XF Sportbrake is also available with two optional exterior design packages that serve to further strengthen the assertiveness of its appearance. The Aero Pack (standard on the ‘S’ model) adds a deeper front bumper, side sills and rear valance plus a rear spoiler enhancement – a tailgate spoiler being standard on all models. The Black Pack replaces the exterior bright finishes with gloss black and pairs them with similarly finished alloy wheels to create new colour combinations that are subtly distinctive and eye-catching.