The Jaguar XF looks set to cement its position as the most desirable entrant in the executive sector with the addition of the Sportbrake – estate to you and me – sooner than we thought. The latest images of the much-anticipated five-door Jaguar XF – assuming they are genuine – have surfaced on an Italian website, and reveal a neat and clever rear-end styling scheme.
The interestingly named Sportbrake has been mooted to go on sale this summer, but a Geneva reveal had not been anticipated by many observers. However, the Coventry-based company is facing a busy year with the build-up to the launch of the production C-X16 (XT) and C-X75, and a Swiss reveal means the company has a big new launch while keeping its powder dry for the sports cars later in 2012 and into ’13.
The model line-up for the Sportbrake will mirror that of the saloon, and will boast the 2.2-litre turbodiesel from the outset. The main omission at launch will be an XF-R version, which has yet to be okay’d for launch. It’s expected that the stylish estate will boast a competitive carrying capacity, despite the swooping rear-end, and will cost a small premium over the saloon.
The full story to follow from Geneva.
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