Mike Stevens | Feb 8, 2012

Jaguar's upcoming XF wagon, dubbed Sportbrake, has been spied testing once more this week. As before, Jaguar remains open about the model's identity, using the extra real estate to advertise its name.

Whether the name will carry through to production is unclear, although it is likely that the final model will be known as the XF Sportbrake - in the same way BMW's wagons carry the Touring name, and Audi's wagons are badged Avant.

This is not the first time the Sportbrake has been spied on the road, and with cold weather testing now underway, a Frankfurt Motor Show unveiling in September looks promising.

Despite the swirly camouflage, it is clear that the XF wagon will combine the sleek lines of the traditional 'shooting brake' style with the familiar tapered roof of most 'sportwagons'.

jaguar xf sportbrake estate wagon spy photos 08

As a result, the car will also offer the practicality and capacious rear space of a proper wagon.

The introduction of the Sportbrake will give the XF a much-needed rival for the wagon variants of its competitors, including the BMW 5 Series, the Audi A6 and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

The wagon will be especially welcome in Australia, where the XF's 550 sales in 2011 trailed the E-Class (1386), the 5 Series (1384) and the A6 (710).


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