Wednesday 29 February 2012

Road - Sportbrake by Jaguar

Jaguar has this morning revealed its first pictures of the new XF Sportbrake which will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

Based on the XF saloon, the Sportbrake is only 5mm longer and weighs only 70kg more than the saloon so handling and ride quality should not be compromised.
Every panel from the B-Pillar rearwards is new, and the rear seat passengers will benefit from an extra 48 mm of headroom.

With the rear seats up., the loadspace measures 550 litres and 1,675 litres when they are folded.

Naturally, this being a Jaguar, thoughtful touches include ‘remote fold levers’ which are mounted within the boot area to lower the rear seats so that you don’t get yer troosers dirty when stretching in across the bumper to release the rear seats. Also, an array of LEDs throws a pool of light onto the ground when the boot is open.

Self-levelling air suspension has been fitted with the Jaguar engineers reckoning that: “the Sportbrake can serve as an accomplished tow vehicle”. Just the job, eh?

The engine line-up includes 2.2 litre four cylinder and 3.0 litre six-cylinder engines driving the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Prices and specifications will be announced nearer the time of the car’s launch which is set to take place in the third quarter of 2012.  

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