Jaguar’s media department is apparently getting in the holiday spirit, and has released a photo of someone dressed as Santa Claus loading gifts into an XF Sportbrake. “The ratio of bootspace to presents is carefully balanced by our Sportbrake driver,” Jaguar’s Twitter feed quips. “All will be revealed in the New Year.”
The Christmas-themed photo follows up on two “spy photos” released through the car’s Twitter feed. Though Jaguar hasn’t shared any real information on the new car, it’s pretty clear that this is a wagon version of the XF luxury sedan. Sportbrake is presumably a reference to the term “shooting brake,” which is used for sleek two-door coupes or wagons. Camouflage covers everything aft of the B-pillars, but the front end is unmistakably an XF sedan.
It seems likely the XF Sportbrake will go into production, but still unknown is whether the car will be sold in the U.S. market. Jaguar didn’t see strong sales the last time it sold a wagon here -- the ill-fated X-Type wagon only found a few thousand owners stateside. If the Sportbrake does arrive on our shores, expect Jaguar to pitch the longer XF against the likes of the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon, Acura TSX Sport Wagon, Audi A4 Avant, and BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon.
Based on the cryptic Twitter message, we expect Jaguar will share more details on the XF Sportbrake in early 2012.