Jaguar XF Sportbrake revealed

* Jaguar XF Sportbrake teaser * Estate version of XF * On sale in 2012...

12 Dec 2011 14:40 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake has been revealed on Jaguars Twitter page.

The XF Sportbrake is the long-rumoured estate version of the XF saloon and Jaguar has released a seasonal teaser image that gives a good idea of how it will look. The image shows a disguised prototype serving as Santas festive transport.

Jaguar has confirmed ongoing development of the Sportbrake, which is likely to be unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March, before going on sale later in 2012.

The image shows the XF Sportbrake has a sloping roofline that means its not likely to match the bulkier Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate for outright capacity. We wouldnt expect the XF Sportbrake to fall too far short of the Audi A6 Avant and BMW 5 Series Touring for space, however.

Wed expect a couple of tricks to make the most of the space available: the image shows what appears to be a switch for an electrically powered tailgate.

The XF Sportbrakes engine range is likely to be the same as the saloons, including 2.2-litre four-cylinder and 3.0-litre V6 diesels. An XFR version - with a supercharged V8 petrol engine - is yet to be confirmed.

Jaguar hasnt confirmed prices yet, but wed expect a premium of at least 1000 over the saloon, so a starting point of around 32,000 is likely. Jaguar says more information will be available early next year.