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Geneva 2012 Preview: Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Geneva 2012 Preview: Jaguar XF Sportbrake image

Text: / Photos: | posted February 29, 2012 17:54

XF, now in wagon form

 

The new Jaguar XF Sportbrake has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at the Geneva Motor Shvow and promises to be the most versatile Jaguar ever created.

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Sharing its underpinnings with the XF saloon, the Sportbrake's overall length grows by just 5mm, its weight lightened by 70kg and its chassis structure matches the strength of the conventional XF. These characteristics mean the Sportbrake can closely match the handling of the XF saloon yet offers a large and highly practical load space.

Every panel on the XF Sportbrake, from the B-Pillar rearwards, is new. The strong silver signature line running the length of the car is extended while the C-Pillar is finished in gloss black, a trait shared with the XJ saloon.

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The large, practical tailgate can be specified with power struts, opening to reveal a wide and versatile load space. Measuring 550-liters with the rear seats up, the total volume grows to 1,675-liters with the seats down.

Beneath the car there are extensive changes to the rear suspension. Self-levelling air suspension aids driving dynamics and means the Sportbrake can serve as a tow vehicle.

Powering the XF Sportbrake will be a range of diesel engines in 2.2-liter four cylinder and 3.0-liter six-cylinder form, each directing drive through the rear wheels via an advanced eight-speed automatic gearbox.