The newest car in the Jaguar line up is called the Sports Brake, although it is more likely to take on the name of the Jaguar XF saloon and act as an estate version once it goes on sale in the UK.
Images of the new estate, Jaguar’s first since the X-type, have not been released so far but Jaguar says it will not be long before the first look at the car are available.
A Jaguar spokesperson said: “We are being pretty open about it. The car is being tested without disguise, and quite honestly it would be a bit difficult to disguise a Jaguar estate.”
The new estate will be available in rear-wheel-drive only and is expected to use a similar engine line up to the current Jaguar XF saloon.
This could mean the 2.2-litre diesel engine, which delivers CO2 emissions of just 149g/km and fuel economy of 52.3mpg, could appear on the estate version of the XF.
The new Jaguar XF Estate will go up against similar body styles in the executive class of car from the German manufacturers such as BMW and Mercedes.
However, it is also expected to be built in the UK in the Midlands Jaguar plant. Jaguar has not specified a production date but the first models could arrive in late 2012 or early 2013.
Prices are also being kept under wraps for now but it is expected to start from a higher price than the Jaguar XF saloon, which costs around £34,000 for an entry-level model.
The new Jaguar estate will eventually arrive in Jaguar dealerships such as Perrys in Huddersfield.