Spy pictures of a modestly disguised XF estate (or ‘Sportback’, in Jaguar-speak) show the British company’s 2012 contender in the important ski holiday/holiday cottage/school run class, dominated in the UK by Audi, BMW and Mercedes.
The new body will see the light of day early next year, though Jaguar has yet to confirm a release date or any further details of size, available powerplants or styling. It’s likely that the range will centre on the well-received V6 turbodiesels and the recently introduced 2.2-litre four-cylinder oil-burner.
It’s only the second time in its history that Jaguar has produced a load-lugging derivative of a saloon. The X-Type (based on Mondeo running gear) was an underrated alternative to a BMW or Audi, with the useful option of 4wd.
Rumours on the web circulate to the effect that Jaguar might well reintroduce all-wheel-drive to its range via the new model, thus picking up business in the vital Central European and US markets. You can follow the latest Jaguar Sportback news via Twitter.