Mike Stevens | Feb 27, 2012

The list of unplanned unveilings continues, with Jaguar's XF Sportbrake following the Infiniti Emerg-E, the Volvo V40, Ferrari's 620 and the Citroen DS4 Racing to the online stage.

Of course, the XF Sportbrake wagon's styling has never been much of a secret: Jaguar engineers have been punting around in a barely-disguised test car for sometime now, with the Sportbrake name emblazoned along its side.

Cosmetically, the Sportbrake shares much of the sedan's look, with only the wagon roofline separating the profiles of the two cars.

The theme continues at the rear, where even the Sportbrake's tail-lights are unchanged from the recently updated units worn by the XF sedan.

Unlike Mercedes-Benz' upcoming and recently spied CLS Shooting Break, the XF Sportbrake focuses on practicality, combining a fast and tapered roofline with a commodious rear cargo area.

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).

[leaked images via jokeforblog.blogspot.com]

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