Jaguar XF estate on the way
Ok, so the latest version of Jaguar's XF won't be called something as common as an estate, no, the XF is far too demure for that. But, it will be called the XF Sportbrake.
An inflated variation of the XF's flowing and cohesive design, the Sportbrake was spotted testing around Jaguar's new model nerve centre and R and D base in Coventry.
And how do we know it will be called the XF Sportbrake? Well, no insider information here just yet, the car had the new moniker emblazoned from the new estate's D-pillar all the way to the centre of the car.
The test mule was in serious camo from the B-pillar back, making the front look like a common or garden XF, but giving the sensation similar to vision after a bottle of Polish vodka when looking at the back.
What is easy to spot though is that the new D-pillar will have a polycarbonate cover, echoing the styling of its big brother, the XJ. A neat little design touch that affords the rear end of Jag's largest model (and surely will with the XF Sportbrake too) a properly premium look.
Conceived under the Ford dynasty, the XF was never down for an estate variant so the British engineers at Jaguar have had to send the XF through a major transformation in converting the four-door saloon to an executive estate.
But with the big German three all offering estate variants of their exec motors; BMW with its 5 Series touring, Mercedes with its E-Class estate and Audi with its A6 Avant, Jaguar almost certainly had to follow suit to try and claw some sales back from the Germans.
The Sportbrake is a little longer than the saloon so has the makings of a decent estate already, with boot space reportedly rivalling the Audi A6's 565-litres.
As yet there's no scheduled release date or proposed prices for the XF Sportbrake so expect details in 2012.