Published on 25 Aug 2013 by Adriano
Two Jaguar XF Sportbrake, three slackers and a ditch situated in a green park in Munich: these are the main ingredients of the latest official video released by Jaguar to promote its much-revered station wagon model, which we first saw in its current configuration at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. For those not in the know, Slacklining is a sort of sport born in the United States in the early 80s and divided into several subcategories. It is basically a practice in balance which uses nylon or polyester webbing tensioned between two anchor points and is different from tightrope walking because the line is not held rigidly, although it is still under some tension.
The 2013 XF Sportbrake comes with an expanded engine choice that include two new highly efficient petrol powerplants, a 3.0-litre V6 Supercharged and 2.0-litre in-line 4 Turbocharged, which joined the already existing line-up of 2.2-litre in-line 4 Turbodiesel, 3.0-litre V6 Turbodiesel and both naturally-aspirated and Supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrols.
All V6 and V8 units are coupled to a eight-speed automatic transmissions - courtesy of German masters at ZF - and come with an advanced Stop/Start system, which is able to shut down the engine in just 300 milliseconds after the car has come to a halt allowing for fuel consumption improvements of around 5%. As for the interior, the most polarizing feature is arguably the upgraded Jaguar Touchscreen infotainment system, with a number of entertainment, navigation and connectivity functions.