More proof that a station wagon can in fact be beautiful, Jaguar has just released the first official photos and details on what it is calling the XF Sportbrake.
An elongated version of the XF sedan, its billed as the most versatile Jag ever. At just 5 mm longer than the four-door it, surprisingly, weighs over 150 lbs less. Based on the same platform as the sedan, it is also designed to retain that model’s driving dynamics.
With all new sheetmetal from the B-pillar back, there’s an additional 48mm (almost two inches) of rear seat headoom. Cargo room is a decent 19.4 cu-ft, and grows to 59 cu-ft with the rear seats folded flat. That, of course, can be achieved with easily accessible latches, while the rear tailgate can be ordered as a power option. Jaguar says the rear cargo area floor can be split into sections so valuables don’t roll around, while there’s also a storage compartment below the bed.
In addition to the cosmetic and functionality changes, the XF includes a self-leveling air suspension, designed so that it can be used to tow.
At launch just two diesel engines will be available, a 2.2-liter four cylinder and a 3.0-liter six-cylinder, each mated to an 8-speed automatic with rear-wheel drive. Those diesel engines are an indication that Jaguar has no immediate plans to offer the XF Sportbrake in North America, yet.
Set to go on sale in Europe in the third quarter of this year, look for more on the car when it makes its official debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show.