One of Jaguar's worst kept secrets is revealed, the new XF Sportbrake.
The term 'Sportbrake' is not reserved solely for Jaguar; and manages to confuse the original label for a 'Shooting Brake' for hunters, with a sporty, bitumen-blasting 2041kg estate car.
This latest iteration was designed by Wayne Burgess, under the careful eye of Design Director Ian Callum, and is beautifully-resolved. Look how the style line under the side windows carries the eye from front to rear.
The new Jaguar 'estate car' comes on sale with no less than five variants, and six powertrain options.
Top of the line is the 280kW, 3.0L supercharged V6, packaged with all-wheel-drive.
The first iteration of this model debuted at the 2014 Geneva Salon, and was an immediate hit. This second version however benefits from Jaguar's committment to aluminium platform and body components.
The resultant lighter weight embues the new Sportbrake with lively performance from the new Ingenium 2.0L petrol and diesel engines.
The interior of the 2017 Sportbrake also reveals Jaguar's growing confidence, and wealth of resources, stemming from record-breaking global sales.
The huge 'moonroof' will be exceptionally welcome in the home market, where truly sunny days can be counted easily on two hands.
The interior materials are quite beautiful, and the palette of finishes both subtle and sophisticated.
Together with the Range Rover Velar, the new Jaguar Sportbrake nicely bookends JLR's high capacity load carriers.