Jaguar previews XF Sportbrake

Will Jaguar\'s next wagon reach North America?

Jaguar has published a teaser image to preview the next generation of the XF station wagon.

Called XF Sportbrake, the long-roof will be nearly identical to its sedan counterpart from the tip of the front bumper to the C-pillar. The teaser shot confirms it will feature a gently-sloping roof line similar to its predecessor's, a styling cue that gives the Sportbrake a silhouette that's more sporty than utilitarian.

The Sportbrake won't benefit from any mechanical modifications, meaning buyers in Europe will be asked to choose from a large array of gasoline- and diesel-burning engines. Rear-wheel drive will come standard, and all-wheel drive will be offered at an extra cost. A hot-rodded model developed by Jaguar's SVR division will debut about a year into the production run to fight in the same segment as the Audi RS6 and the Mercedes-Benz E63.

The next-generation Jaguar XF Sportbrake is scheduled to make its public debut at a major auto show next year. While a more specific time frame hasn't been given yet, we wouldn't be surprised to see it in the metal for the first time during the Geneva Auto Show. It will go on sale in Europe shortly after, but it's too early to tell whether it will join the XF sedan in North American showrooms.

What's next? Jaguar's teaser image confirms once and for all that the British firm isn't giving up on station wagons. However, the company told British magazine Auto Express that it has decided not to build a wagon version of the smaller XE.

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