Jaguar: New XF Sportbrake is sporty but practical and filled with technology

Jaguar’s XF Sportbrake goes on sale in the U.S. this winter.

LONDON — Jaguar says its new XF Sportbrake wagon, which will go on sale in Europe in the summer and join Jaguar’s U.S. lineup this winter, will offer practicality without sacrificing the dynamic design and agile handling of the XF sedan.

Jaguar released photos and details of the midsize wagon last week, touting its sports-car dynamics and sleek looks.

The XF Sportbrake’s technology includes an optional panoramic roof that can be operated by hand gestures. The car is also available with a waterproof wristband that allows owners to open the door without the key, a useful feature at the beach, for example.

Engines available include two diesel four-cylinder and two gasoline four-cylinder variants, all part of Jaguar Land Rover’s new Ingenium range of engines. A faster model is equipped with a V-6 diesel making 296 hp.

The car is built on Jaguar’s rear-wheel-drive aluminum architecture shared with the smaller XE, F-Pace crossover and new Range Rover Velar SUV.

In a news release Jaguar’s head of design, Ian Callum, said with its sweeping silhouette the XF Sportbrake looks just as sporty as the XF sedan.

Jaguar says the car has more rear legroom than the previous XF Sportbrake despite being slightly shorter in length.