Not too long after it emerged that additional body styles of the Jaguar XE are likely, Theophilus Chin has rendered how a potential Jaguar XE Sportbrake may look.

It seems rather inevitable that Jaguar will create such a model considering a BMW 3-Series Wagon is available alongside a C-Class Estate. The XE Sportbrake would be Jaguar’s answer to such models with it featuring a similar roof and tailgate design to the Jaguar XF Sportbrake.

The aluminium architecture underpinning XE is extremely scalable and therefore is relatively easy to modify for different uses. It will even be used to underpin the production-spec Jaguar SUV.

While recently speaking with Car Advice about future XE body styles, chief programme engineer for the XE, Nick Miller said, “At this point we’re focusing on the sedan, and I guess you’d expect me to say that. As we’ve already shown with the architecture, we can make an SUV with it.

“I’ll never say never for the future – we’re looking at all different styles for the future. We’ve already shown another derivative, an SUV, which is approximately this size. So, yeah, we’re looking at it. The body shop has been equipped to be flexible. We can put more than one body style in it. It’s not a problem. All the kit is there,” he said.

The top of the range (for the moment) Jaguar XE S gets the 340 hp supercharged 3.0 litre V6, an engine we drove quite extensively in the F-Type V6. A torque figure of 450Nm allows a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Both figures make the XE S an impressive proposition!

[Via Theophilus Chin]

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