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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

The British midsize wagon returns and it’s coming to America!

Introduced in 2007 to replace the ageing S-Type, the Jaguar XF was redesigned for the 2016 model year. The makeover brought an evolutionary restyling but turned the four-door sedan in a sportier proposition on the outside and a more luxurious vehicle on the inside. The XF also received new drivetrains, most notably the company’s recently launched 2.0-liter four-cylinder in both gasoline and diesel formats. The 3.0-liter V-6 was also carried over, but with significant upgrades. Unlike the first-generation model, the second-gen XF arrived without a wagon version. This changed for the 2018 model year when Jaguar launched a redesigned XF Sportbrake.

Making things that much better, it’s available in the U.S. too!

The Sportbrake’s return is a bit surprising, especially since Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design, once predicted the death of the station wagon. But, while I’d like to know what made him change his mind, I’m actually glad that the Sportbrake is back in dealerships and especially in the U.S., where the midsize market was limited to just two models, with a couple more available in other niches. Sure, it’s still ridiculous, but with three different products in the premium market, we finally have some proper action going on.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jaguar XF Sportbrake.

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Jaguar Not Too Keen On Building Any More Station Wagons

Jaguar Not Too Keen On Building Any More Station Wagons

British automaker will instead focus on developing more SUVs to complement the F-Pace

The station wagon segment may always have its place in the auto industry, but one automaker is putting the lid on building up that market anytime soon. The automaker in question here is Jaguar, which is reportedly not entertaining the thought of building station wagon variants for its new sedan models. Design chief Ian Callum made that point known in a recent conversation with Automotive News Europe, explaining the difficulties in launching station wagons in a market that the company believes has reached a point of saturation.

Apparently, building wagons doesn’t make sense anymore from Jag’s business perspective and even if the automaker rolled out station wagon versions of the XF and XJ sedans, it would have a hard time competing in a market like Germany, considered as the largest wagon market in the world. Sure, Jaguar could take that route, but according to Callum, it would immediately be at a tremendous disadvantage against the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi, all three of which already have their own respective wagons in the market. It might work if Jag could have a strong foothold in the U.K. market (the second largest market of wagons in the world), but as per IHS Automotive, the British market’s interest in wagons is slowly waning as the demand for SUVs continue to grow.

In Jaguar’s mind, why even bother building wagons when the demand for such cars are shrinking? The most sensible decision to make is to cut ties to the market and focus on one that has more potential in the short and long term. That’s one of the reasons why Jaguar is now shifting its focus on SUVs, as shown by the recent launch of the F-Pace. This new strategy allows the British automaker to channel its resources in a segment that has strong demand in every part of the world. The F-Pace is already out in the market and all signs point to the model immediately shooting up to the top as Jag’s best-selling model. These numbers aren’t lost on the Jag’s management and if recent reports are accurate, the British automaker will soon make room for a smaller SUV to sit below the F-Pace, called the E-Pace.

One thing’s pretty clear though. As Jaguar continues to dive deep into the SUV market, it’s doing so knowing that it’ll leave the station wagons behind.

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2017 Jaguar XE Sportbrake

2017 Jaguar XE Sportbrake

With the lightweight Jaguar XE soon to start battling the BMW 3 Series, rumors about the British company planning to roll out an entire family of vehicles are flying all over the place. Although not officially confirmed, the move makes a lot of sense considering Jaguar is aiming to become a strong competitor to Germany’s finest. Naturally, this scenario got us all excited and thinking what would an XE Coupe and Sportbrake version of the look like. Our rendering team was quick to provide us with some answers in that aspect, and, with the coupe already online, we have returned to show you the XE Sportbrake.

Yes, that’s right, we’re 100-percent positive the station wagon version of the XE will carry the Sportbrake moniker. It’s already a tradition in the Jaguar family and the Brits wouldn’t have it any other away, considering the same nameplate is used for the larger XF. Read on to see what it takes for the XE to become a premium grocery-getter.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Jaguar XE Sportbrake.

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2014 Jaguar XF R-Sport

2014 Jaguar XF R-Sport

BMW has M-Sport, Volkswagen has R-Line and Audi has the S-line. All of these are names for visual upgrades that make cars look faster, but don’t actually do much to increase the speed or performance of a car. Well now Jaguar is joining the party with its new R-Sport models.

Just like the other mentioned trim levels, the R-Sport cars from Jaguar will wear some of the more aggressive body parts found on their R and R-S cars, but without all the pesky cost and hassle of extra horsepower and bigger engines.

The first car to wear the new badge is the XF. Jaguar will be releasing R-Sport versions of both the XF Sedan and the XF Sportbrake. If you were hoping that the R-Sport would at least feature the supercharged V-6 or even the base V-8, you are sadly mistaken. The R-Sport Sportbrake comes powered by a 2.2-liter diesel.

Still, if you are in the market for a practical family hauler, but you want to at least pretend you could afford a 550 horsepower monster there are worse choices available.

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2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

In the world of supercar-powerful wagons, there are very few names. Machines like the now-ancient Volvo 850R have given way to the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon, Audi RS6 and the Mercedes E63 AMG, but that still only represents three models out of the hundreds of cars available worldwide.

It now seems that there will be four insane wagons vying for your cash now, as Jaguar has just officially announced the XFR-S Sportsbrake.

The behatched version of the XFR-S uses the same supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that is tuned to the sweet sound of 543 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. That means the 60 mph mark blows by in 4.6 seconds and the top speed rings in at 186 mph.

There is a dark cloud to this silver lining though. Just like the Sportbrakes that have come before, this Jag is not for U.S. consumption. Even if I won’t see them on US roads, I still praise Jaguar for putting their biggest engine into a wagon to begin with.

Bravo.

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2013 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

2013 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

We absolutely just love talking about wagons that we’ll never get to see on our side of the pond. Wait, scratch that. It actually sucks to hear that Jaguar has finally unveiled the XF Sportbrake and Europe will be one of the few that will actually revel in its luxurious five door space. It’s not their fault that the British brand is going where the wagon demand is at its highest nor that we decided bigger was better before giving these in-between vehicles a chance, but we’re still a little envious.

The XF Sportbrake was supposed to make its world debut in March at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but Jaguar decided to offer the first details one week before the actual event. While the car’s front is identical to the sedan version, the new XF Sportbrake is entirely new from the B-pillar and back. Under the hood, Jaguar has placed a range of four-cylinder 2.2-liter and V6 3.0-liter diesel engines with power going up to 275 HP.

UPDATE 08/08/12: Jaguar has released a video explaining the versatility of the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake. Check out the video to see just how much can fit into the back of this spacious ride!

Hit the jump to read more about the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake.

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2014 Jaguar XFR Sportbrake

2014 Jaguar XFR Sportbrake

Now that Jaguar has officially announced the new XF Sportbrake what would you think about a XFR Sportbrake version? We are pretty sure that this will be Jaguar’s next step and today we have a rendering for you that might help you make a pretty good idea on how the XFR Sportbrake will look like.

Just like with the XF-R sedan the Sportbrake version will be featuring a more aggressive look thanks to a new front grille, a new hood, modified front fenders, redesigned LED taillights and a special exhaust system with four end pipes.

Under the hood Jaguar will place the same 5.0-liter V8 engine in its supercharged version that will deliver a total of 510 HP. Of course the Sportbrake won’t be as fast as the sedan version, but expect to see a 0 to 60 mph sprint time kept in the 5.0 seconds area.

You should expect the new XFR Sportbrake by the end of 2013.

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Jaguar prepares XF station wagon and coupe versions

Jaguar prepares XF station wagon and coupe versions

It seems that everyone is talking about Jaguar’s future. First, we found out that the company confirmed the F-type roadster and new small sedan, but we also discovered that this decision put the long rumored Jaguar supercaron hold. Today, the British press suggested that Jaguar will also be developing a station wagon and coupe version for the XF luxury sedan. Of course, we have heard this story many times before so we will just have to wait and see if this one pans out.

It seems that the XF sedan is a very successful model on the market and Tata wants to take full advantage of all of this success and cover a market as large as possible.

Both new versions will be powered by the same engines as the sedan: a 4.2-liter 400 hp supercharged V8 (possibly an 500 hp "R" version will appear in the future).

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Jaguar XF SW to be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Jaguar XF SW to be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show

What?! Jaguar is going to ruin the the XF’s beautiful lines with a wagon?

Yup, and it makes sense too.

While many U.S. consumers see the the station wagon body as some form of castration, much of the rest of the world has embraced the functionality of the “estate” body. This is especially present in England, and since that’s Jaguar’s home turf, the XF is a likely candidate to replace the departing X-Type wagon.

Jag will show off the XF wagon at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September to gauge the public’s reaction. To sweeten the deal a little more, the car that will be at the show will likely have the 510 hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8 from the XFR. In that form, this wagon can take on the likes of the Audi RS6 Avant and BMW M5 Touring.

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Jaguar XF Station Wagon renderings

Jaguar XF Station Wagon renderings

How about a Station Wagon Jaguar XF? This rendering comes from Holland; the artist tried to imagine how a Station Wagon version of the English sedan might look like; the result is appreciable, balanced and keeps the sporty proportion of the sedan version.

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2008 Jaguar X-Type

2008 Jaguar X-Type

The Jaguar X-TYPE gets a fresh look for 2008, along with a host of new features inside and outside the vehicle and a new automatic transmission in the acclaimed 2.2 diesel. With significant revisions including nearly 500 new components, the new generation X-TYPE retains all the original car’s strengths, and adds some new ones of its own.

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