Gentlemen, get your shotguns ready, because it’s the return of the fox hunt. After slyly teasing it across the Internet, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake has been completely unveiled before its official debut at Geneva. And even with the long-roof qualifier, it is still a good-looking beast.
The Jaguar XF Sportbrake (don’t call it a wagon, it simply isn’t proper, m’dear) expands on the Jaguar XF sedan minimally, by just 5mm in length and 150 pounds in weight. Yet inside and with the seats folded, there’s 60 cubic feet of space for Webley & Scott Boxlock Ejectors, matching the room available in the Acura TSX and Cadillac CTS luxury wagons at 60.5 and 58 cubic feet, respectively. Jaguar claims that the XF Sportbrake will handle like the sedan despite the added weight, thanks to stiffer shocks in back and chassis strengthening. It also claims that the XF can tow, but don’t expect much boat-carrying capability—luxury cars are fragile, and British cars even more so.
The JagWagen (as it deserves to be nicknamed) will come with two diesel engines: a 2.2-liter four-cylinder and a 3.0-litre six-cylinder, both paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. In the sedan the 2.2-liter four gets an impressive 57 miles per gallon on the European scale, so the heavier wagon will get slightly less than that.
And will there be a firebreathing, supercharged version, to put the Sport back in “Sportbrake” and win the hearts and minds of iconoclastic auto journalists alike? Hell, will we even get it in the first place? Jaguar’s last wagon (this is only its second wagon in the company’s history) sold as well as Justin Bieber CDs on PBS, so chances are slim it will want to get burned again. Yet, the Jaguar XF is miles ahead of its oft-derided X-Type forbear—so if it does come to America, a few gasoline V-8 engines will definitely be on the options list.
There are roomier luxury cars out there, but if this is Jaguar’s answer to an ill-handling, inefficient, rap-christened luxury SUV, then we’re all for it—and we’d love to see them Stateside. Here, at least, the shooting of small animals is still not only legal, but encouraged. Keep that in mind, Jaguar. Long live the JagWagen!