Credit: Rory Anderson
Jaguar will pull the wraps off its new estate this month
...and also the BMW 5 Series Touring
Jaguar has issued preview images of its XF Sportbrake - this one shows the car's panoramic roof
Jaguar celebrated the XF Sportbrake with this line drawing at Wimbledon
The model was first announced at the Paris motor show last year with this picture
The car has also been spotted testing in S guise at the Nürburgring
Spotted by eagle-eyed Autocar reader Rory Anderson, the car's slim taillights feature a rounded section like those of the sports car. The tailgate also features a slim rear window and a heavily raked top capped with a spoiler.
The new model, which will be officially revealed on 14 June by British tennis star Andy Murray as a rival to the BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, will introduce a full-length panoramic roof to the range. Its more practical boot will increase luggage space and rear head room.
Prior to the latest sighting, the car was previewed in three images that showed it driving on roads near the world's most remote tennis court and with former British tennis professional Tim Henman.
Jaguar claims that its new estate will be the "most dynamic premium estate car in the world", suggesting the chassis set-up will be similar to that of the XF saloon rather than being adjusted to offer different handling characteristics.
The XF Sportbrake will be built upon the same aluminium architecture as the saloon, and it’ll also share engines with its sibling, meaning a 2.0-litre diesel will be the entry-level unit, with 3.0-litre V6 petrol and diesel engines sitting above this in the range. The most recently spotted development car was running the 2.0-litre diesel engine.
A 2.0-litre petrol engine, as launched along with a new wave of Ingenium units, will also be included with both variants of the XF. Earlier development Sportbrakes (see gallery) have been running with this unit, suggesting it will be available in the model from launch.
Power outputs for the engines range from 161bhp to 375bhp. Drive is sent to the rear wheels as standard through a six-speed manual gearbox in lower models, with an eight-speed automatic offered as an option or as standard with the most potent units.
The XF saloon’s optional four-wheel drive system will likely also be offered on the estate. The range will be crowned by an XF S Sportbrake model that'll rival hotter variants of the BMW 5 Series Touring.
Expect the XF Sportbrake to be slightly more expensive than the XF saloon, which is currently priced from £32,300.