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As expected, the station wagon variant of the Jaguar XF is as beautiful in the flesh as it is in photos. In fact, the XF Sportbrake looks surprisingly sporty with its aggressive front-end design while the traditional wagon rear is rather classy.
The stretched variant of the XF sedan is a mere 5-mm longer than the sedan, but also weighs 150 lbs less. But don’t let the overall length fool you, there’s almost two inches more of rear seat headroom thanks to all new sheetmetal from the B-pillar back.
Unfortunately this sporty and versatile XF wagon won’t be making its way to America, since it’s believed that Americans are very anti-wagon. The rear-wheel drive wagon will be available in Europe with Jaguar’s 2.2L four-cylinder, turbo-diesel powerplant and a pair of 3.0L twin-turbo, six-cylinder engine variants with either 237-hp or 271-hp. All engine choices will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
After seeing the XF Sportbrake on the show floor at Geneva, we’re saddened by the fact that it won’t make its way to America. But hopefully this could help persuade the market to be more acceptable toward wagon models in the future.
GALLERY: Jaguar XF Sportbrake
GALLERY: Jaguar XF Sportbrake
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.
GALLERY: 2013 Jaguar XF Sportbrake
What appears to be a couple of scanned images of the upcoming 2013 Jaguar XF Sportbrake have found their way online. Set to debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the XF Sportbrake will be the British luxury carmaker’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon, the BMW 5-Series Wagon, and the Audi A6 Avant.
Even though the XF Sportbrake will probably never make it to America, Europeans will be able to enjoy a full engine lineup from Jaguar, including their ultra-efficient 2.2L diesel engine, all the way up to their 5.0L V8. Given how the images look, it’s safe to believe these were scanned out of a print catalog, and could have been leaked on purpose to garner more interest ahead the vehicles official debut.
This is also not the first time photos of the Jaguar XF Sportbrake have leaked online. Last year, photos were strategically released to show off the car’s front- to mid-section, and it appears that this time around Jaguar has no problems showing off its rear-end. Put the two leaks together and well, we’ve got ourselves a full car… give or take.