Press Report : Jaguar XF Estate to debut at Frankfurt Show?

Jack Rix, Auto Express, 23rd March, 2009

Jaguar XF Estate set to appear at Frankfurt?
Jaguar XF Estate set to appear at Frankfurt?

The XF is going XL! Jaguar is poised to expand its range with an estate version of the award-winning XF saloon at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. There’s been no shortage of new metal from the Coventry-based firm of late, with hot R versions of both the XF and XK breaking cover, as well as the new high-performance XF Diesel S. And the family is set to grow further when the wagon joins the fray.

Auto Express has learned that the car at Frankfurt will be a thinly disguised production model, albeit referred to as a concept. And if the reaction from the public is sufficiently positive, it could arrive in dealers here next spring. Whispers of an estate variant have been circulating since very early in the XF’s development.

It was always the plan for a more family oriented version to be the first new bodystyle spawned from the XF’s platform. With the saloon proving a sales hit, as well as winning numerous awards – including Auto Express’ Car of the Year title – the British maker has clearly decided that the time is right to expand the XF range. Engine choices are likely to mirror those offered on the saloon.

That means the new 3.0-litre twin-turbo diesel will be available in two guises: the S, with 271bhp and 600Nm of torque, or a toned-down version delivering 238bhp and 500Nm. The more powerful car should complete the 0-60mph sprint in around six seconds. The real fireworks come in the petrol line-up, though. Customers will be able to pick from a 238bhp 3.0-litre V6 or the all-new 5.0 V8. The latter delivers 397bhp in naturally aspirated form or an incredible 503bhp when fitted with a supercharger in the XFR.

This flagship takes Jaguar into uncharted waters. It will rival established class leaders such as the hugely powerful Audi RS6 Avant and BMW M5 Touring, as well as Mercedes’ imminent E63 AMG estate. The XFR wagon promises 0-60mph in under five seconds and a 155mph top speed – so it’s as fast as it is practical. Under the skin, besides a few suspension tweaks to compensate for different weight distribution, the estate will share the same wheelbase and mechanicals as the XF saloon.

That should enable it to deliver a similarly strong combination of cruising ability and cornering agility. According to Jaguar, the four-door XF is selling extremely well. Dealers worldwide are shifting around nine per cent more than they did at the same time last year, bucking the trend for the market as a whole. So company bosses are clearly keen to capitalise on this showroom success. They are also said to be considering producing coupé and cabriolet versions of the XF, completing the range in style.

However, concept versions of these cars aren’t expected to appear until sales of the estate are well underway next year. Appearing alongside the XF estate in Frankfurt will be another major new Jag: the XJ Concept. Chief Designer Ian Callum has promised it will be the most radical interpretation of the luxury model ever.

Jaguar C-XF front end styling...
Jaguar C-XF front end styling...

[Source: Auto Express]

Clive Goldthorp


  1. Far more important in a world where oil prices will head upwards again is a replacement for the X-type. I need to replace the 406 V6 at some point and contemporary Peugeots are too big and ugly as well as, some say, not driving as well as the older models.

  2. I hope they do a gazzzzz guzzzzzlin’ V8… its made in Britain, with British jobs who pay British taxes and so its far less damaging to the environment that an ugly as hell imported tin box Prius from the other side of the world. Bring it on. I want one.

  3. Great Jag are at last giving sumething btr than the ugly bug bms and mercs. shame they did not go with the concept c-xf light fittings so much classier than thos god awful current ones

  4. I have an X-TYPE and I stare longingly at XFs every time I see one – just not quite practical enough for the dog and my skis. I can’t believe Jag have waited so long. An XF estate should be a world beater and really enhance the brand in the modern market. Jaguars might be all about speed and luxury, but the German firms have long since proved that an estate can provide this. A British (well kind of) RS6? Bring it on!

  5. I hope Jag get this on the market like now. This thing is gorgeous for an estate car. It is great to see that the last remnants of the once proud British motor industry can still pull some surprise punches!

  6. It matters not which paper it was read in, my local dealership’s head of service says it’s not happening.

    However, it really should happen – at least it would keep my hubby happy!

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