2013 Jaguar XF Sportbrake Wagon | Official Images
Jaguar have officially unveiled the XF Sportbrake, a model that many would argue is long overdue, to complement the recently refreshed Jaguar XF sedan. And, considering at the end of the day “Sportbrake” is more or less a pseudonym for the much less sexy term “wagon”, Jaguar seem to have done a remarkable job in transforming the XF into a wagon variant.
The Jaguar XF sedan was a decidedly elegant car, sexy even upon its launch, and the recent mid-life refresh refined the appeal further. Preserving the visual prowess of the XF Sportbrake then would have no doubt been difficult, however it seems that Jaguar have succeeded admirably.
Borrowing clear design cues from the 2013 Audi A6 Avant, Jaguar designers have incorporated a sloping rear end to provide the Sportbrake with a youthful, appealing look that maintains the original elegance of the XF sedan. The rear end incorporates the signature chrome slash, a hallmark of the XF sedan, clearly acting to identify this XF as a Jaguar.
Aside from the wagon body, the XF Sportbrake is otherwise a standard XF Sedan, albeit with slight chassis modifications to compensate for the added weight at the back. Also, the Sportbrake debuts self-leveling air suspension technology, replacing the coil springs system in the sedan which according to Jaguar assists in bringing the Sportbrake’s dynamic ability up to par with the XF Sedan.
The Jaguar XF Sportbrake will compete with the Audi A6 Avant, the BMW 5-Series Touring and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate. Expect a XFR Sportbrake performance variant in 2013/4.