The lone appearance by a Jaguar car at the 2016 Paris Motor Show was a photograph of a camouflage-clad station wagon — a Sport Estate, really — derived from the Jaguar XF. While details were, and still are, scarce, we do know one thing: before too long, that Jaguar XF Sportbrake will be available to the Boston drivers served by Jaguar Peabody.
Here’s what we expect from the new car. Before you ask, “When will I find this Jaguar near me,” it’s expected late in 2017 as a 2018 model, and may debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. One or more of the powertrains will be based around the Jaguar Ingenium engine. Gas and diesel options will be available. Front-wheel drive will be standard. All-wheel drive will be optional. And that raises an interesting possibility: picture the vehicle with a bit of cladding and a little extra ground clearance, giving it off-road capability. There’s a certain car maker that’s followed that formula to great success and would likely quake in their boots at the prospect.
On the surface, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake might seem an odd fit. After all, even as a boutique car maker, it’s not as though previous Jaguar wagons have been hot sellers in the States, or even abroad where wagons, shooting brakes, and sport estates are more popular. On the other hand, the last version of this car could do 186 miles per hour thanks to its 550 horsepower engine. While the Jaguar F-PACE is secure in its perch, this presents an alternative for those who want the storage and the sport, but who don’t necessarily want a crossover.
Car and Driver calls the 2017 Jaguar XF “quick, quiet, and spacious—everything a sports sedan should be.” To see it, or any of the other great Jaguar cars available to the Boston and Andover customers served by Jaguar Peabody, visit our showroom, located at 247 Newbury St in Peabody, MA.