By on March 6, 2012

Just when it seemed like the Geneva Auto Show was going to be the automotive equivalent of a Christian Audigier trade show, Jaguar comes out with the XF Sportbrake, something that looks good and has a practical use.

The term shooting brake was derived from the vehicles that transported the English Gentry and their hunting parties. They were luxurious, had interiors that matched their tweed outfits and could carry powerful shotguns. Over time, the definition has evolved, but sticking with the original helps me feel better about wearing a Barbour coat.

First of all, we will not be getting the Sportbrake in North America. The combination of a lack of gasoline engine choices and not having the appropriate federalization carried out means that Roman Polanski will return to America before the XF Sportbrake makes it over here. With a choice of Jaguar’s new 2.2L or 3.0L diesel engines and an 8-speed automatic, the XF should be able to offer more than adequate performance while eschewing Jaguar’s lovely but thirsty V8 mills.

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9 Comments on “Geneva 2012: Jaguar XF Sportbrake Cleanses Our Retinas...”

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    “The combination of a lack of gasoline engine choices and not having the appropriate federalization carried out”

    What’s so different from the sedan that its engines and already passed regulations can’t be applied to this ?

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    having seen jags of the ’50s and ’60s, this thing leaves me cold. it’s not much distinguishable from your typical Japanese or American appliance. As for Jaguar cues, they are barely visible in the hood and the grill, and that’s it. And you’ve got those damn pokemon eyes. Most modern cars are less different from each other than the ’63 Chevy Impala was from the ’64, or than the ’64 Chevy was from the ’64 Chevelle. This Jag fits in this set.

    The major positive thing I can say for it is that the thin C pillar looks better than most, and you probably won’t need a camera to see out the back of this.

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      You should watch James May’s top Gear test of the sedan version of this car.

      Says it very well I think. Britain doesn’t want to be stuck in a time warp. One time retro cars like S-type are a dead end.

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    It looks a little Audi-esque to me, especially in the front.

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    Mark MacInnis

    Yeah, one one hand, if you parked this one next to a same-color current A6 Avant (OK, roughly the odds of winning the Powerball in back-to-back weeks, I know…)you couldn’t tell them apart from, say, 30 yards away.

    On the other, maybe it is a good thing these won’t be available here. It’s so FREAKING gorgeous, I’d probly be compelled to cash in a big chunk of IRA/401(k) money just to satisfy my Wagon lust….

    Still, a man can fantasize….Me and Andie McDowell driving off in one of these…..

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    I love wagons and was hopeful that a Jaguar (!) wagon would be…you know, pretty. Oh well, we won’t be getting it in the States anyway.

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    The blacked out D-pillar here is a lot more successful than the mess it is on the XJ. Still has the chrome to show you where it is though.

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    stunning. absolutely stunning. figures we cant get one.

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    Roman Polanski’s going back? Would you know the flight number and date? I could use the reward money.

    It’s a wagon, it’s a diesel and it’s fast. Best of all worlds. Which means it won’t ever sell in America.

    I love it. Doesn’t look any less sexy than the sedan, which, with the turbodiesel six, is about all the car you’ll ever need. Drove one on the racetrack two years ago and fell in love. Astounding brakes, good handling and nice grunt (we ticked off 0-62 in around seven seconds). The addition of more rear headroom and a place for the dog to sit in back makes it perfect.

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