Jaguar Supplies “Spy” Photos of Upcoming XF Sportbrake
Following in the footsteps of BMW, which distributed its own “spy shots” of a partially obscured prototype, Jaguar has released photos of a camo-covered XF wagon mule. Images and cryptic bits of information are being disseminated through the XF Sportbrake’s very own Twitter account, @Sportbrake. After a hiatus resulting from the X-type wagon’s demise, Jaguar will re-enter the luxo-wagon war being waged across the pond among the Audi A6 Avant, the BMW 5-series Touring, and the Mercedes-Benz E-class Estate.
From the B-pillar forward, the Sportbrake is identical to the XF sedan, which received a sharp new visage for 2012. Squiggly decals cover everything aft, though it is easy to make out the Sportbrake’s smooth roofline—it terminates in a spoiler cantilevered over a 45-degree rear window and lends a decidedly sporty profile to this most domesticated of Jaguars. The taillamps are completely masked, but plan on them closely mimicking the C-shaped LED units on the XF sedan. (Our previous XF wagon renderings should give a better idea of the final product, although they don’t include the latest face lift.)
While the prospect of the XF Sportbrake coming here lands somewhere between zero and zilch—Jag sold only 1602 X-type wagons here over the car’s four-year life span—we predict it will do well on European soil based on styling alone. And if Jaguar continues the performance-variant proliferation it has practiced of late, an XFR Sportbrake might not be too far behind. Sportbrake indeed.
By Steve Siler