Jaguar XF Sportbrake to be sneakily previewed at Wimbledon
Station wagons are making a sexy comeback. Manufacturers have insisted that SUVs have been the way to go for years, but now they’re trying to get us back into the humble station wagon – although wagons are kind of sexy now. Volvo showed us this could be possible with the gorgeous new V90 and now Jaguar is coming to the party with the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake.
Jaguar will be previewing the second generation XF Sportbrake (there was a wagon version of the previous XF overseas, but that never made it to Oz) at Wimbledon which starts on the 3rd of July. It is expected that the XF Sportbrake will go on sale around that time, joining the lovely Jaguar XF sedan range.
Jaguar’s plan of attack is rather ingenious; they’ve asked the chaps at the All England Lawn Tennis Club to meticulously create a huge outline of the XF Sportbrake’s silhouette on the court’s surface.
The operation has been guided by Head Groundsman Neil Stubbey and the watchful eye of Jaguar design boss, Ian Callum.
“With XF Sportbrake we’ve created a silhouette which sweeps towards the rear, almost into the distance, and 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” Callum said.
“Ian and I come from very different professions but the roles of Head Groundsman and Design Director at Jaguar have one thing in common – our dedication to achieving perfect precise lines. If we get one line out of place, the whole world will see it, so it’s vital that we achieve 100 per cent precision with every line we draw” Stubbey added.
Question is, will it cannibalise F-Pace sales?