DON’T panic, the Jaguar paintjob department haven’t been seduced by a shirt in Jonathan Ross’s wardrobe.

The good news is that this is just a ‘camouflage’ colour for the new XF Sportbrake – as shown in a new batch of teaser images for their imminent estate.

However, underneath the lurid tennis ball (more on that later) yellow is the shape of Jag’s load-lugger for going to B&Q.

The new rival for the Mercedes E-Class Estate and BMW 5 Series Touring will make its official debut on June 14.

The new XF Sportbrake will arrive in showrooms later this year, boasting better practicality over its saloon-bodied sibling owing to that swollen estate rear end. A previous top-down teaser shot revealed that the new Jaguar estate will be offered with a full-length glass panoramic roof, too.

Chief designer Ian Callum has said that the new XF Sportbrake will bring “new levels of practicality without sacrificing the dynamic design and handling our customers expect”. The official picture tells us nothing about the production car’s side profile, but Callum promises a silhouette that “sweeps towards the rear”.

The XF Sportbrake will join the Jaguar line-up this summer.

Susan McCormick & Tim Henman with new XF Sportbrake

Susan McCormick & Tim Henman with new XF Sportbrake

Jaguar have even teamed up with former Brit tennis No.1 Tim Henman to drive the new XF Sportbrake.

When Susan MacCormick, from Edinburgh, tweeted Andy Murray suggesting the remote Bunabhainneadar Tennis Court on the Scottish island of North Harris feature on the ATP World Tour, she didn’t expect to get a reply. But the tennis ace and Jaguar brand ambassador couldn’t believe his eyes and responded by asking: ‘Is that even real?’

With Andy just weeks away from beginning the defence of his Wimbledon title, Jaguar arranged for Henman to collect Susan in a specially camouflaged prototype and travel to the stunning location to prove its existence.

Henman said: “The Bunabhainneadar Tennis Court looks unreal, so I can see why Andy doubted Susan’s original message. We’ve proven that it really does exist now and the road to the court was the perfect place to try out the new XF Sportbrake as it mixes amazing scenery with some challenging corners. I can’t wait to drive the car again – perhaps a bit closer to home.”

It looks ace. But not in tennis ball yellow.

Phil Lanning

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