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XF Jaguar Sportbrake on its way to Australia

By David Bonnici, 03 Aug 2017 Car News

XF Jaquar Sportbrake on its way to Australia

Good news for anyone who wants a Jag with wagon practicality but don’t want to go down the SUV path

Jaguar has finally introduced a wagon to the Australian market with the new XF Sportbrake arriving in showrooms in November.

Priced from $90,400, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake will be available in four variants with a choice of the four-cylinder Ingenium turbo diesel or petrol engine, and the torquey 221kW/700Nm 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 diesel. The XF Sportbrake variants are as follows:

  •          XF R-Sport 20d, with a 132kW/430Nm turbo diesel - $90,400
  •          XF R-Sport 25t, with a 184kW/365Nm turbo petrol  - $91,400
  •          XF S 30D, with a 221kW/ 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 diesel - $123,450
  •          XF S First Edition, with a 221kW/ 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 diesel - $137,300

The R-Sport 20d, R-Sport 25t, and S 30D Sportbrake variants share name, trim, and drivetrains with XF sedan models.

The diesel wagons incur a $1646 premium over their sedan counterparts, while you pay $1885 more for the petrol wagon over the sedan.

The 2018 XF Sportbrake range is topped by the XF S First Edition ($137,300), which is similar to the XF S Sedan but is powered by the big torque V6 instead of the supercharged petrol V8.

All drivetrains are paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels.

At 1705kg, the Sportbrake weighs 110kg more than the sedan, though it loses little in terms of performance with 0-100km/h times less than a second slower across all variants with combined fuel efficiency around 0.5L/100km more.

With a length of 4955mm, the new XF Sportbrake is 6mm shorter than the previous model, but the wheelbase has been lengthened by 51mm to 2960mm, which means that it has more legroom than its predecessor. Its wagon body boosts its boot volume to 565 litres, 60-litres more than the sedan, which can be expanded to 1700 litres with the 40:20:40 split rear seats folded down.

Exterior-wise the Sportbrake retains the sedan’s distinctive lines, but has its own sleek silhouette that is shaped by an elegant extended roofline with a spoiler-capped forward pitched tailgate.

The single piece polymer powered tailgate opens to a 1061mm aperture and features LED puddle lamps to light up the area directly behind the vehicle when the boot is open.

The tailgate can be opened automatically using foot gesture control or via sensors that detect the key when you get close to the car.

Owners can also pre-set height limits for the tailgate opening when parking in areas with restricted height clearance, such as a garage or an underground parking.

Standard features in the R Sport Sportbrake models are similar to sedan, and include 19-inch alloys, Xenon LED headlights, powered tailgate, keyless Entry, leather seats, 10-way powered front seats, and a Meridian sound System.

S models gain an S body kit, which includes a sports front bumper, gloss black side sills, rear valance and roof rails, head-up display, surround camera & 360-degree parking aid, and adaptive LED headlights with daytime running lights.

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake will be launched in Australia on November 1.