By TMA Howe
Jaguar is the official car partner of The Wimbledon Championships, and to celebrate the relationship the company recently revealed its new XF Sportbrake premium estate on a replica of the famous London tennis club’s centre court. All told, Jaguar will supply 170 vehicles from its award-winning range, including the XE, XF, XJ and F-PACE.
Joining Jaguar at the launch was Scottish tennis champ Andy Murray, on hand to help inspire the next generation of tennis talent by taking the famous men’s singles trophy on a nationwide tour of clubs and schools. The gilt cup was chauffeured between venues in an XF Sportbrake as Murray counted down to the defence of his Wimbledon title.
“Winning my first major title 10 years ago was an amazing moment for me, the culmination of everything I’d worked for my whole life,” says Andy Murray. “I feel very lucky to have got to where I am today, and hope that anyone passionate about tennis gets the opportunity to play and improve. Letting go of the trophy will be difficult, but there’s no better vehicle than the Jaguar XF Sportbrake to take it on this UK tour. I’m pleased that people are going to be able to get up close to the trophy when it visits schools and tennis clubs, and hopefully it might encourage people to pick up a racket this summer.”
The XF Sportbrake joins Jaguar’s award-winning XF saloon in its tenth year of production. Launched in 2007, the XF has now claimed almost 200 global awards. The saloon’s new Sportbrake sibling delivers equally impressive performance, design and technology, with greater practicality and space.
The Sportbrake comes equipped with a number of innovations, including:
- An intuitive gesture-controlled sunblind for the vehicle’s super-sized, full-length, panoramic roof
- Driver Condition Monitoring to detect signs of tiredness after an active day
- A waterproof Activity Key you can wear while participating in sports
- Self-levelling rear suspension ensuring an effortless ride, even when towing loads of 2,000kg.
The dynamic estate is available with Jaguar’s advanced range of clean and efficient four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines with CO2 emissions as low as 118g/km. At the top of the range sits a six-cylinder 300PS 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine that sprints to 60mph in 6.1 seconds.
Says Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design: “The iconic Jaguar posters of the 1950s promised customers grace, pace and space. The XF Sportbrake re-imagines this offer for 21st century active families, with stunning looks, sports car performance and a load space fit for active lifestyles. As with the XF saloon, every line on the Sportbrake serves a clear purpose, creating a fast, sweeping silhouette. This gives the car a sense of speed and a very dynamic appearance. As a result, I think it looks just as sporty as the saloon, if not more so.”
To learn more, visit Jaguar’s Sportbrake website at www.jaguar.co.uk/jaguar-range/xf/index.html.
TMA Howe is Luxury Globe Media’s UK Automotive Editor.