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3 Things You Should Know About The 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

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Spy shots of the 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake, which will be introduced at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, have recently been released, and it confirmed some rumors we have heard in the past. For one, though details are scarce because the prototype was heavily camouflaged, it has an untouched front design as compared to the changes made on the sedan and the rear end is now significantly longer.

Jaguar was Hesitant

Jaguar was, at first, hesitant to introduce a wagon variant of their business saloon because competition is tough in the segment, especially with German competitors such as the E-Class Estate, the Audi A6 Avant and the 5 Series Touring. These are all well-established models, especially in their hometown of Germany. But another thing that made Jaguar hesitant was that the market seems to be declining with regards to this particular segment.

But, of course, Jaguar did not simply give up. They already have experience with a competent family wagon that has an appealing and interesting design, and the Jaguar XF Sportbrake is no different. There is no word yet on how the 2018 model will be patterned, though the proportions hidden by the camouflage in the spy shots clearly hint similarity with its predecessor. With the chiseled design of the 2016 XF in mind, there is already a clearer picture of how this new XF Sportbrake will look like.

Changes are Internal

Not much are changing in terms of the overall exterior look of the XF Sportbrake. Instead, adjustments and modifications are all happening under the hood (and maybe even in the interior setup). The XF Sportbrake will be based on the XF sedan, which explains the identical front.

Rumored V8 Might Be True

The XF Sportbrake will be made of aluminum material, making it lighter in weight. It will come with the Ingenium four- and six-cylinder diesel and gasoline engines, as well as a rumored plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Also in the pipeline is a possible 5.0-liter V8 with a production of either 550 horsepower or 575 horsepower, just like what Jaguar did with the F-Type SVR.

2016 Jaguar XF Receives Comprehensive Upgrade

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The XF was Jaguar’s most-awarded car after it was introduced at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Eight years later, Jaguar decided that the sporty luxury sedan needs a change, introducing it at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Its design is largely based on the previous model, though the XF received a much more comprehensive upgrade since it’s now lighter and quicker according to a report.

Up front, there are narrower full-LED headlights, larger central air intake and more pronounced lower intakes. The taillights also received upgrades with longer and thinner units that emphasize the car’s width.

The XF is considerably lighter, thanks to Jaguar’s new architecture. This means the vehicles are now made of 75 percent aluminum, resulting to weight savings of about 132 pounds on the RWD model and 265 pounds on the AWD model. The new XF is 176 pounds lighter than its competitions.

Inside, the XF has larger legroom, knee room and headroom because of the wheelbase that now extends to 116.5 inches. At least for this segment, Jaguar bragged that it has the best rear seat and cabin space.

There are a number of infotainment gadgets—InControl Touch system that features a vehicle-optimized app suite, smartphone remote control, and the 8-inch touchscreen or the optional 10.2-inch touchscreen that comes with a quad-core processor, Ethernet connection, smooth graphics, and improved responsiveness.

It also comes with Dual View technology, meaning the passenger can watch DVD while the driver uses the display screen for navigation.

Other interior features include the laser heads-up display and the 825-watt digital surround sound stereo with no less than 17 speakers.

Drivetrains are now more varied than ever. Choices are: an Ingenium 2.0-liter four-cylinder oil burner, a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 diesel, two supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 gasoline engines, and the rumored V-8 engine.

The Ingenium offers two power levels—160 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, or 177 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque—while the twin turbo diesel can go for 296 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

On the other hand, the two supercharged V-6 produces 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.

The 2016 Jaguary XF will have a starting price of $51,900 for the 3.0L Supercharged V6, 340hp and $62,700 for the 3.0L Supercharged V6, 380hp.

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