It should be more roomy and practical than the last one, too, with the tailgate opening up to reveal 565 litres of load space or 1,700 litres when the 40:20:40 rear seats are down. Load up with cases of wine (or tow something up to two tonnes) and you’ll be glad of the self-levelling air suspension. It is standard on every model.
Almost 5m long, it’s a big car but thanks to its aluminium-intensive construction not a huge heavyweight at 1,660kg. It is also very stiff, and the looks shouldn’t bear false witness to the drive. Jaguar says it builds on the sports car character of its predecessor with suspension set up for agile handling and with near 50:50 weight distribution.
Mirroring the saloon range, engines – so far – are all four-cylinder apart from one, in the UK at least. There are four diesels, up to a 300bhp V6 with 0-60mph in 6.1 seconds, and one petrol in the form of the 250bhp four-pot. Not for the UK or Europe is the 380bhp 3.0-litre V6 petrol. That’s a bit odd since the supercharged engine is available in the XF saloon.