Jaguar’s new XF Sportbrake (estate), recently unveiled, will get here towards the end of the year.
The BMW 5-Series Touring rival is based on the XF saloon but has been designed to look sportier.
Much of the interest here will be on the 161bhp 2-litre diesel (118g/km). It drives the rear wheels and comes just as a manual.
There’s also a 2-litre 178bhp version (rear/all-wheel drive), a 237bhp model (ditto) and a 3-litre V6 (all-wheel drive, 8spd auto standard). There’s a 247bhp 2-litre petrol too.
Built on Jaguar’s aluminium architecture, the chassis set up is a bit different to the saloon. Air springs at the back feature to keep the car level when carrying loads. It has 565 litres of luggage space with the rear seats up; 1,700 litres when they’re flat. It is 6mm shorter than the current model but has a 51mm longer wheelbase. At 1,660kg, they claim its weight distribution is nearly 50/50.
Among the techno menu are adaptive cruise control, blindspot monitoring and reverse traffic detection technology.
Also there are the marque’s InControl infotainment system, 10in touchscreen and new air purification technology that prevents exterior gases from getting in. No idea of price yet.