It took a while but we finally got a glimpse of the new 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake, albeit heavily disguised. The first official spy shots of the XF wagon reveal an unchanged front apron compared to the sedan and a significantly longer rear.
Not too long ago Jaguar was still debating whether to introduce a wagon variant of their business saloon, as the market seems to be declining and competition is fierce from its German rivals. The E-Class estate, Audi A6 Avant and 5 series touring are all well established models, especially in their dominant home market Germany.
Jaguar however refuses to throw in the towel, and why should they? They have shown before they are very much capable of bringing a competent family wagon to the market with a visually appealing design. Whether that will be the case with the 2018 model is something yet to be determined, but the proportions clearly hint at a body very similar to that of its predecessor. Add the fresh chiseled design of the 2016 XF and you can paint a semi-clear picture of what it will look like.
Most changes will definitely happen under the wagon’s skin. It will be based on the same platform as the XF sedan, explaining the somewhat identical front. The updated aluminum architecture will definitely shed some weight off the XF Sportbrake and expect the full range of Ingenium four- and six-cylinder diesel and gasoline engines as well.
In the pipeline are, rumored, a possible plug-in hybrid drivetrain and the totally awesome supercharged 5.0-liter V8 with 550 hp. Also rumored, is that for the occasion JLR will squeeze even more power out of the brutal sounding V8, just like they did with the F-Type SVR (575 hp). Keep an eye out for the new generation XF Sportbrake at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show!