There’s good news on the horizon for all frustrated wagonistas out there. While wagons are on the wane and our own home-grown Commodore Sportwagon is set to cease production in October, Jaguar is keen to ensure the days of attractive rear-driven wagons are far from over.
Jaguar is planning to whip the covers off its tailgated second-generation XF Sportbrake soon, potentially at this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament, and in the lead up to its big reveal the British carmaker has released the first teaser images of the Sportbrake.
A top-down view puts a (presumably optional) panoramic glass roof on prominent display, while also showing off a traditional six-window side glass layout and a wide tailgate. Everything forward of the B-pillars is, as you’d expect, recognisable XF metal.
Jag has also shown off the silhouette, rendered in white paint against Wimbledon’s manicured centre court lawn. Its tapering roofline, thick D-pillar, generous glasshouse and a continuous body crease that extends rearward from the headlamps stand out.
More teasers are due in coming weeks, but right now we know the XF Sportbrake is locked in for an Australian arrival.
Expected in the fourth quarter of this year, the XF Sportbrake will be the first of its kind to be sold in Australia by Jaguar. JLR Australia passed up on the previous-generation of XF Sportbrake as well as the X-Type Sportwagon that came before it. This time around, however, Aussies will be able to enjoy the delights of a Jag with a more capacious rump.
“This will be a first for us. It’s due to come in Q4, towards the end of Q4 2017,” said Jaguar Australia spokesman James Scrimshaw.
However if you were counting on a wagon-bodied XF with the zesty supercharged V6 of the XF S, it’s far from certain: according to Scrimshaw, local specifications and range structure has yet to be finalised.
“That’s what they’re working through in product [planning] right now,” Scrimshaw explained.
“We’ve got a really compressed timeframe to get that sorted, but we haven’t nailed down spec yet, such as what engines we’re going to take and what trim levels.”