First look: Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Based on the popular Jaguar XF saloon, the Sportbrake is essentially its more practical big brother. An estate rear end boosts luggage space to 550 litres with the rear seats up and 1,675 litres when they are folded flat.

There’s also an extra 5cm of headroom for rear passengers thanks to the raised rear end, but the same sleek front end styling seen on the saloon are present and correct for the latest luxury Jag to arrive at UK showrooms.

The actual date of its arrival has not been revealed by Jaguar, but it has confirmed it will be some time in autumn 2012, shortly after prices have been announced.

The new Jaguar XF Sportbrake is expected to cost more than the £30,000 Jaguar XF saloon, a car which has won multiple awards since its 2009 launch including What Car? Best Executive Car 2010.

It will share engines with the Jaguar XF saloon including the 2.2-litre and 3.0-litre diesel engines, each offering rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

However, it does come with tweaks to the rear suspension in the form of ‘self-levelling air suspension’ – a reminder Jaguar sees its cars as consummate motorway cars with a refined and comfortable ride.

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake is the latest in a line of new Jaguar models which have seen sales for the British-based brand rocket in the past 12 months.

The Jaguar XK, Jaguar XJ luxury saloon and performance ‘R’ versions of the XK and XF have all gone on sale in recent years at Jaguar dealerships such as Perrys Jaguar dealership in Huddersfield.