One of the sexiest station wagons of all will arrive in Australia in November. Yes, it’s the Jaguar XF Sportbrake. Who said practicality had to be boring?

Revealed earlier this year, the new XF Sportbrake adopts Jaguar’s latest design language with a sleeker front end than before, with more sophisticated headlights, and elongated taillights around at the back that join in the middle, and some new alloy wheel designs. It still possess that lusty four-door coupe-like silhouette.

In Australia the new model will be offered in three main trim levels, spanning from the R-Sport, the S, to the top First Edition. As you might have guessed, the First Edition will only be available for a limited time while the launch takes place.

These are then split up with three main engines. The entry engine is a ‘20d’ 2.0-litre turbo-diesel Ingenium unit that develops 132kW and 430Nm, matched up to an eight-speed auto. It’s able to scoot from 0-100km/h in 8.8 seconds. Fuel consumption is rated at 4.8L/100km.

Moving up to the 25t engine gets you a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder generating 184kW and 365Nm. It also comes with an eight-speed auto, and is able to cover 0-100km/h in 7.1 seconds. Fuel economy is rated at 6.8L/100km.

Lastly, the S and the First Edition receive a 30d unit, comprising of a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6. This thing develops 221kW and a meaty 700Nm. Across the standard 0-100km/h sprint it takes 6.6 seconds. Amazingly, the fuel economy is just 5.9L/100km.

All variants are rear-wheel drive in Australia, paired with an eight-speed auto as mentioned. Being a practical wagon though, cargo space is one of its most attractive points. The space is measured at 565 litres, or up to 1700L with the rear seats folded.

Passengers in all variants are treated to Jaguar’s latest Touch Pro infotainment screen with in-built apps, with full climate control with available air ionisation technology. The driver also gets configurable dynamics, otherwise known as driver modes, to choose from.

The new model is on sale now with the official launch taking place on November 1. See below for the prices (excludes on-roads):

XF Sportbrake R-Sport 20d 132kW Auto RWD: $90,400
XF Sportbrake R-Sport 25t 184kW Auto RWD: $91,400
XF Sportbrake S 30d 221kW Auto RWD: $123,450
XF Sportbrake S First Edition 30d 221kW Auto RWD: $137,300

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Maverick
I like to think that I'm a car fanatic, but more of a driving fanatic. There's nothing better than getting out onto the open road, almost regardless of the car, and enjoying dancing with the controls and gathering up the moving scenery. If I'm not driving I'm either at the gym or sinking a few beers with friends.

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