New Jaguar XF Sportbrake – high-end comfort in a family wagon

I’m a big fan of wagons -they’re the perfect option for those who want all the space they’ll ever need for a small to mid-sized family of up to three children. It looks like Australian families may have the option of a Jaguar wagon by the end of this year.

It’s the aesthetically-striking Jaguar XF Sportbrake wagon which recently made its first appearance via spy photos and an official announcement from Jaguar in March – it will officially launch at the Geneva Motor Show.

If you’re like me and love to know a bit of the nitty gritty, The Motor Report lists the following features for the new wagon:

Jaguar says the XF Sportbrake’s rear cargo space offers 1675 litres of space with the seats down, making it a solid rival for the 5 Series Touring and A6 Avant – although it falls short of the E-Class Estate’s cavernous back half by around 270 litres. Rear storage, with the back seats in their upright position, is listed at 550 litres.

The wagon’s wheelbase remains unchanged from its sedan stablemate, although the longer roofline means rear passengers benefit from an extra 48mm of headroom.

Highlighting its focus on practicality, Jaguar has only specified diesel engines for the Sportbrake for now, including the 202kW/600Nm 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 and the new 140kW/450Nm 2.2 litre four-cylinder diesel. Both variants will be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission only, and self-levelling air suspension replaces the sedan’s coil springs at the rear.

The word is that the Jaguar XF Sportbrake wagon may be in Australia in the last quarter of 2012! Do you prefer a wagon to an SUV?

(via The Motor Report)

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