Jaguar's rumoured XF wagon is a rumour no longer, as these first photos of the carmaker's upcoming 'Sportbrake' reveal.
Whether the final model will wear the Sportbrake name is unclear, but its intentions are clear: combine the sleek lines of the traditional 'shooting brake' style with the familiar tapered roof of most 'sportwagons', and you've got yourself a Sportbrake.
The combination means that while the Sportbrake will help to maintain the XF's sports-focused styling, the car will also offer the practicality and capacious rear space of a proper wagon.
Although this is the first time the XF wagon has been spied on public roads, the minimal camouflage and production-ready rear-end suggests that the car's unveiling is not far away. March's Geneva Motor Show is a likely candidate.
The wagon will be especially welcome in Australia, where the XF's 441 sales so far in 2011 trail the E-Class (1177), the 5 Series (1109) and the A6 (590).