Jaguar launches the all new XF Sports Brake
|   Thursday, November 01, 2012
Jaguar launches the much awaited XF Sports Brake and this vehicle has a few innovative features up its sleeve. The engine used on the SF Sports Brake is lifted directly off the base model of the XF and this account for 70 percent of the total vehicle sales for Jaguar. The XF Sports Brake is not the sole example of an estate from Jaguar and the company had built the S series estates in the past as well.

The XF Sports Brake was commissioned to challenge the Audi A6 Avant when it hits the market and the XF is a more practical vehicle with more space and featuring better economy figures than the Avant.
The designing of the Sports Brake was also done with an expert vision and as a result the XF Sports Brake does not handle like an estate.

The Sports Brake feature the B pillar setup and the rear space of the vehicle is 576 liters with the rear seat and it expands to 1676 liters with the seats down. The vehicle has a fine finishing to it which is similar to that of the XJ platform which is incidentally Jaguar's flag ship model. The vehicle displaces 160 BHP and 197 BHP respectively with the different drive train options and the economy figures are 55.4 MPG along with 135 g/km Co2 emission.

The 2.2 liter turbo charged engine produces 197 BHP and this is the most powerful engine of the lot. Another 3.0 liter diesel engine is expected to hit the market quite soon. However, no official announcements have been made as of yet. This vehicle is expected to hit 60 MPH from a standstill in 8.9 seconds and will feature the advanced ZF automatic transmission system. The highly refined engine on the vehicle is difficult to stress out and as a result the engine can be revved hard without the fear of overheating.

The Sports Brake is 70kg heavier than the base model of the XF and as a result the braking system had to be improved to support the vehicle. Handling remains practically unchanged and this could pose a problem on track. This is however unconfirmed as the vehicle has not yet been tested on track and a detailed review regarding stability and handling can only be recorded post a proper track test.

Priced at 44,690 Pounds, the vehicle reaches 0 – 60 MPH in close to 8.2 seconds and the vehicle features a top speed of 134 MPH. With economy figures of 55.4 MPG, the XF Sports Brake is a reliable vehicle. The 8 speed automatic transmission system is perfectly mated to the engine and the vehicle displaces 197 BHP maximum at 3500 RPM. The four cylindered turbo charged diesel engine displaces 2197 cc and the power production is up to the mark. Driving the vehicle does not feel any different from driving a sedan and the efficient balance of the Sports Brake makes it one of the best estates in the range. However, the sales volumes need to be calculated to establish the viability of this vehicle on road.
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