Two years after the unveiling of the Jaguar XF sedan, its more practical Sportbrake wagon sibling will finally make its debut not too long from now, with the leaping cat brand teasing the load-lugging variant before the covers come off in the summer.

As is usual for a wagon version of an executive sedan model, the Sportbrake isn’t expected to stray too far away from the XF’s sleek lines, with the teardrop-shaped glasshouse being extended to fit the longer roofline. It should be noted, however, that Jaguar has ditched the XJ-style blacked-out C-pillar trim this time round, sticking with more conventional body-coloured pillars.

Just like the four-door, the Sportbrake will be built on Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive modular architecture, making it stiffer and lighter than before – the sedan touted a weight saving of up to 190 kg compared to its predecessor. Engines should also be carried over, with the base models being powered by 2.0 litre Ingenium turbocharged petrol and diesel four-cylinder mills.

Higher up the range, there will be a 300 PS/700 Nm 3.0 litre biturbo diesel V6, as well as the F-Type’s 3.0 litre supercharged petrol V6 in either 340 PS/450 Nm or 380 PS/450 Nm outputs. Fire-breathing R and SVR variants – the latter replacing the XFR-S – will likely follow later on, powered by a 5.0 litre supercharged V8.

GALLERY: Jaguar XF sedan in Malaysia