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Jaguar XF Sportbrake Unveiled, To Take on BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

AFP Relaxnews

Updated: June 15, 2017, 1:58 PM IST
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Jaguar XF Sportbrake Unveiled, To Take on BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon
The 2018 Jagaur XF Sportbrake. (Photo: AFP Relaxnews)
Jaguar has unveiled the 2018 Xf Sportbrake.

Taking the BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes E-Class Wagon as its benchmarks, the Sportbrake is aiming to serve up a driving experience that aces the former with levels of comfort and practicality that match the latter.

So, in terms of performance, even with the 3-liter V6 diesel engine under the hood, it can hit 100km/h in 6.6 seconds and, thanks to intelligent all-wheel drive and an almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution, will be just as potent in the bends or over uneven surfaces.

What's more, the addition of rear air suspension means that it can carry heavy loads but without impacting on poise or back seat comfort.

The trunk offers 565-liters of space and, with the rear seats down it jumps to 1700 litres. What's more the tailgate can be remotely operated making loading and unload easy even with your hands full, as long as you're wearing the ‘activity key' wristband.

The idea of this little wearable is that you can strap it on and forget about things like car keys. It's waterproof and so you can head off on an adventure and know you can still get back in the car when the fun's over.

That's also why the car's called a Sportbrake rather than a Wagon – to emphasise its perfect fit for those with an active lifestyle. So, 3-liter gasoline and diesel versions can tow 2,000kg -- more than enough for a horse box, boat or caravan.

"With the addition of the Sportbrake, we're adding space and usability to the existing fun-to-drive package," said Nick Collins, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar XF. "We have developed a car to appeal to customers who want an efficient premium estate with low ownership costs."

How premium? The car has an active air filtration system for ensuring fresh air circulates in the cabin. There's four-zone climate control plus heated seats, and the glass panoramic roof, complete with gesture-operated sunblind is the biggest currently fitted to any car in this segment. As for driver assistance systems, the car comes with emergency autonomous braking, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, a driver condition monitor, traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise control with queue assist for when the conditions become congested.
First Published: June 15, 2017, 1:58 PM IST
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