Words: Keith Adams Photography: Newspress
Jaguar’s Sportsbrake made it public debut at Geneva, and extends appeal of the XF, opening up to a further 30% of the executive car class. The estate has increased headroom for back-seat passengers, and with the split-fold rear seats down, it can carry 1675 litres of cargo. Initially powering the Sportbrake will be a choice of two diesel engines – the 187bhp 2.2 four-cylinder engine and the 237/271bhp 3.0-litre V6, with the petrols being added later.
All Sportbrakes will also be available with Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics System, which adjusting the damping rates according to road conditions, and can be firmed up with the press of a button. Jaguar is also keen to point out that the Sportbrake matches the saloon in both torsional rigidity, and aerodynamic efficiency, so it shouldn’t lose any of its driving finesse.
Prices and specifications will be announced nearer the time of the launch, expected to take place towards the end of 2012.
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