Jaguar has revealed the first official teaser image of the new 2017 XF Sportbrake as part of a Centre Court stunt at Wimbledon – and also teased the side profile of the car courtesy of paint on the famous Wimbledon grass. Luckily, Wimbledon 2017 doesn’t kick off until 3 July so groundsman Neil Stubley has plenty of time to put it all right…
Jaguar design director Ian Callum was on hand to watch the XF Sportbrake silhouette take shape. Although we don’t yet know what it will look like, the teaser lines give us a clue. “With XF Sportbrake we’ve created a silhouette which sweeps towards the rear, almost into the distance,” he said, which really gives the car a sense of speed and sportiness.
“It will bring new levels of practicality to the range without sacrificing the dynamic design and agile handling our customers expect.”
More usefully, Jaguar has also released the first official undisguised image of the new XF Sportbrake, which will go up against the BMW 5 Series Touring, Audi A6 Avant and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate.
The aluminium-intensive car, which has already been spotted conducting none-too-discreet testing, looks to have a similarly elegant side windowline to the previous XF wagon, although as Callum suggests, Jaguar will have been keen to improve interior space and practicality. An extra-large panoramic glass roof is a neat addition over the XF saloon, and it looks like Jaguar is already looking at ways to make the roof rails stand out: they’re finished in gloss black on this white teaser image.
WATCH: Jaguar XF Sportbrake and Wimbledon
Jaguar has been testing prototype models of the new XF Sportbrake on UK roads – indeed, we spotted one in eye-catching ‘disguise’ parked in a pub car park in North Wales.
I don’t know but I’m guessing this is the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake. pic.twitter.com/q3hxPfwRXP
— Andrew Brady (@MR_AndrewBrady) April 14, 2017
We’ll find out more about the XF Sportbrake in coming weeks. Could Jaguar even use its official car partner status at Wimbledon to launch the new load-lugger there? We’ll watch with interest…