Earlier this year, we got into an
argument after-dinner debate with legendary Jaguar designer Ian Callum. Over a few shandies, we told him we could count the number of good-looking estate cars on the fingers of a sloth -- and that not even he could design one.
Callum, never one to back down, insisted that with his magic touch it was possible to build an attractive wagon. Dubious, we challenged him with a simple, "Go on then," confident in the assumption Callum would never try for fear of failure. We were wrong.
At the time, Callum's response to our challenge was a rather coy, "Watch this space," but new spy shots on Car magazine's website clearly show the man has grasped our gauntlet with both hands and created a Jaguar XF Sportbrake estate.
The car's rear end is heavily disguised (we can't quite see how the rear windows, rear light clusters or the tailgate are going to work on the finished car), but if we squint and imagine the whole thing finished in a menacing black, with some 22-inch rims thrown on, we might be forced to concede the Sportbrake is a beau... gorge... prett... quite an attractive car.
It could be even more attractive if Jaguar decides to roll out a hoon-worthy XFR version complete with muscular bodywork tweaks and Jaguar's mental 5-litre supercharged V8 engine.
Well done, Mr Callum, sir. It appears you may have proved us wrong. We will reserve judgement, however, until we get to see this thing in the flesh.
You can follow @sportbrake on Twitter to track the car's development progress, but in the meantime let us know what you think in the comments section or on our Facebook wall. Has Callum pulled it off?