Jaguar had some big news for its XF, calling on reigning Wimbledon champ Andy Murray to pull the covers off a new XF Sportbrake.
It all ties together in that Jaguar is the official car partner of The Championships, Wimbledon and the new wagon provides the cargo space and “head-clearance” to take the silver Gentlemen’s singles trophy on a tour of the country before it has to be handed over again to the new champion on July 16.
“Letting go of the trophy will be difficult, but there’s no better vehicle than the Jaguar XF Sportbrake to take it on this UK tour,” said Murray. “I’m pleased that people are going to be able to get up close to the trophy when it visits schools and tennis clubs, and hopefully it might encourage people to pick up a racket this summer.”
The new Sportbrake expands on the 10-year award winning legacy of the XF with 898 litres of cargo space behind the split 40/20/40 rear seatback (expandable up to 1,974 with all seat sections folded down).
Innovative features include a gesture-controlled blind for the Sportbrake’s full-length panoramic sunroof, a driver alertness system called Driver Condition Monitoring, and a waterproof activity key that can be worn while surfing on the ocean or fly-fishing in a stream. Also available, Cabin Air Ionization purifies the air inside the spacious cabin to keep out pollutants or air-borne allergens.
Power is supplied by a 380-hp 3.0-litre supercharged V-6, which means it will likely be a 1-trim model equal to the XF S sedan. No word yet on whether other models will be offered at a later time (the sedan also comes with 2.0-litre turbocharged fours using gasoline or diesel, making 247 hp and 180 hp, respectively). Zero to 100 km/h in the XF Sportbrake is reported to take 5.3 seconds (same as the sedan).
The XF Sportbrake features all-wheel drive and All-Surface Progress Control to match performance to a variety of driving surfaces and conditions, and is also rated to tow up to two tonnes. It’s built at the same Castle Bromwich Plant that also builds the sedan, and XE, XJ and F-Type models.
“The iconic Jaguar posters of the 1950s promised customers grace, pace and space,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design. “The XF Sportbrake re-imagines this offer for 21st-Century active families, with stunning looks, sports car performance and a load space fit for active lifestyles.”