Jaguar is working on an estate version of the XF, the first vehicle of this sort since the British company killed off the X-Type.
In a recent press interview Andrew Whyman, XF Vehicle Engineering Managar at Jaguar, revealed that “Ian Callum will do something different with this. It will be slightly different, with character and panache.”
Callum is Jaguar design boss, architect of the current range as well as the man behind the Aston Martin DB9 (when both companies, as well as Jaguar sister-brand Land Rover, were part of Ford). As the Scot has done such a fine job of the current range of Jaguars, we don’t expect to be disappointed by the Shooting Break.
And that brings us on to the name. Don’t think anything as boring as just ‘XF Estate’. If Jaguar is working on something different with style and panache, a sophisticated moniker would suit. ‘Shooting Break’ may be under consideration, as may ‘Sporting Break’ and ‘Sports Break’. It won’t be a load lugger in the style of old Volvo estates — this model will be low with a raked rear window. If you need to carry photo-copiers or antique wardrobes, look elsewhere.
Beyond that, we don’t know much, including when the car will go on sale. We think this new body style will only be added when the current XF gets a complete redesign around 2014/2015, which will mark a move over to a lighter aluminium based construction, mirroring the larger XJ. If so, the estate is likely to be available from launch.