A little less than a month after the its first teaser, the 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake was spotted testing again, only this time we get to see the front and sides relatively unobscured. We also found out that the new model will serve as an official vehicle for the 2017 Wimbledon Championships and it will be revealed June 14th when the defending champion Andy Murray will officially unveil it.
Sportbrake is the moniker Jaguar decided to go with to describe a wagon body style of the classic XF, which is what the 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake is in its essence. The prototype that was spotted testing was carefully disguised in Wimbledon inspired tennis-ball vinyl wrap, despite which we still manage to get a pretty good look at the vehicle. The new model looks pretty much the same as the XF sedan, from the B-pillar forward. In the back, the roof is obviously extended, while the new rounded corners of the windows make it seem like the current blacked-out D-Pillar has been ousted in its entirety.
Jaguar recently got Tim Henman, the former British tennis player to drive the new Sportbrake to a remote Scottish tennis court, and the best thing about it that they made a video which gives us some more insight into the XL Sportbrake’s design, particularly the rear. At first look, the taillights on the new model appear exactly the same as the ones on its sedan counterpart. Moreover, the rear bumper and the exhaust take some cues from the sedan as well.
Engine and Powertrain
Jaguar hasn’t disclosed any engine and powertrain information as of yet, but it is safe to assume that the 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake will be powered by the same lineup as its sedan counterpart. This means that the inline-4 diesel engine will be featured in the base level trims, while the supercharged V-6es is designated for those further up trims. Somewhere down the line, we are hoping Jaguar will introduce the performance variant, XF SVR Sportbrake that can succeed the the outgoing XFR-S Sportbrake model.
2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake Release Date and Price
Like we mentioned before, the 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake will be unveiled on June 14th, with the sales starting later in the year. The official release date is yet to be announced, but don’t expect to see the new model before the fourth quarter of the year. The price information is still unknown, but the starting price will likely be slightly higher than the XF sedan’s $50.000.