Jaguar Introduces New XF Sportbrake at Wimbledon…Sort Of
A large white outline of the upcoming Jaguar XF Sportbrake on Wimbledon’s Center Court gives us a glimpse of the next model in the XF lineup.
There are less than 70 days to go until The Championships, Wimbledon 2017. Soon the meticulously kept surface of the All England Lawn Tennis Club will host the world’s best tennis players and endure their constant running and the pounding of tennis balls. Recently, it served as a giant billboard to tease the design of the upcoming Jaguar XF Sportbrake. Head Groundsman Neil Stubley and his crew laid out a massive white line silhouette of the newest XF variant.
This is not the first time the XF has been given the wagon treatment. Jaguar made a Sportbrake version of the first-generation XF for several years.
Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum said,
“With XF Sportbrake we’ve created a silhouette which 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.”
At first glance it brings the F-PACE to mind, but another look reveals a rearmost pillar that appears more upright than the one on the Jaguar performance SUV. Whatever the 3-dimensional, metal version of the XF Sportbrake looks like when it lands in Jaguar dealerships this summer, it’ll be taking on the Mercedes-Benz E400 4MATIC Wagon, which starts at $62,300 and packs a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. At the moment, the U.S.-market BMW 5 Series is only available in sedan form (one of which we recently tested). The same goes for the Audi A6.
So mark your calendars, everyone. Summer officially starts June 21. The Championships at Wimbledon 2017 run from Monday, July 3 until Sunday, July 16.
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