new XF Sportbrake
Tennis balls wrap for XF Sportbrake prototype spotted in a car park conveniently captioned

How about SVR treatment?

If we all shout loud enough there’s even a chance Jaguar could hand the XF Sportbrake over to the in-house Special Vehicle Operations people to give it the full SVR treatment.

With the right balance of noise, power and sheer, unbridled lunacy the XF Sportbrake could make quite an attractive rival to the Mercedes-AMG and Audi RS estates.

Obviously we will bring you more as details come out. With a release expected some time in the summer – possibly coinciding with the 2017 Wimbledon Championships in July, of which Jaguar are the official car partner – you may not have to wait too long.

In the meantime enjoy these pictures of a roof and some white lines painted on a patch of grass.

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Rooftop view of the XF Sportbrake
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Tennis balls wrap for XF Sportbrake prototype spotted in a car park conveniently captioned|Centre court tease for Jaguar XF Sportbrake|Rooftop view of the XF Sportbrake
  •   Premium estate for award-winning range
  •   Practicality with dynamic design
  •   Expect similar trim and engine options
  •   Jaguar XF revealed this summer

JAGUAR has painted some white lines on a patch of grass. That doesn’t tell you much but it’s the next phase in the teaser campaign for the new XF Sportbrake due this summer.

Tease being the appropriate word given the fact that all Jaguar has revealed is a line-drawn silhouette painted on some grass and the roof of an estate car.

But we’ve got more, with the first prototypes out testing on the public roads…

In fairness the grass in question is the centre court of Wimbledon and the silhouette does have a rather attractive shape. The overhead shot of the car doesn’t give much away either but it does feature a panoramic roof so no doubt the XF Sportbrake will be a light and airy place to sit.

But the Wimbledon theme continues on the prototypes with a tennis balls wrap on this one spotted.

new XF Sportbrake
Tennis balls wrap for XF Sportbrake prototype spotted in car park 

According to Ian Callum, Jaguar director of design, the XF Sportbrake “sweeps towards the rear, almost into the distance, and really gives the car a sense of speed and sportiness. It will bring new levels of practicality to the range without sacrificing the dynamic design and agile handling our customers expect.”

No arguments here. The XF is already a very good car in saloon form and increasing the rear space to improve practicality has to be a good thing. If the likes of BMW, Audi and Mercedes think a luxury estate is a good idea then Jaguar would be daft not to do likewise.

We can’t tell you anything about the interior from the images but it’s safe to say it will share much with the saloon version. The current XF saloon offers four trim levels; Prestige, Portfolio, R-Sport, and S. All come with the usual array of comfort and technology you would expect as standard in a Jaguar.

There may be a few extra options here and there but in terms of styling and specifications it’s likely the Sportbrake will follow the same path. Prices for the saloon currently start at just over £32,000 with the Sportbrake likely to carry a small premium on top of that for the equivalent specification.

We know the XF Sportbrake will be built on the same lightweight aluminium architecture as the current saloon version with the power coming from the same range of engine and transmission choices. Expect diesel to be most popular choice with the standard four-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbo being the most efficient in terms of fuel and company car tax.

Above that will sit a couple of tweaked versions of the same engine offering more power and performance. The 3.0-litre V6 tops the range.

There will also be petrol versions available if you’re that way inclined. The XF Sportbrake can be specified with a similar Jaguar Ingenium engine to the recently announced four-cylinder F-Type, albeit with significantly less than the 295bhp of fire and brimstone found in the coupe.

There are two versions producing around 200bhp and 250bhp, and like the diesel there is a 3.0-litre V6 for those who prefer a lovely noise to lower running costs.

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