Is the new Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70mm f/2.8 ASPH lens for L-mount produced by Sigma?

Before the official announcement, I reported on several occasions that the new Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70mm f/2.8 ASPH lens for L-mount is rumored to be produced by Sigma. During the official announcement a few days ago, I could not find any official confirmation on that claim, but this is what I found online:

Lens design diagram side by side (thanks elf11) – first, the new Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70mm f/2.8 ASPH lens:

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art lens design:

Update – the lens is made in Japan according to the B&H Q&A section:

Side-by-side lens comparisons from Asobinet (top image by CameraSize):

Lens specifications comparison between the new Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70mm f/2.8 ASPH lens and the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art lens by DIYphotography:

Leica 24-70mm f/2.8 Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8
Focal length 24-70mm 24-70mm
Max aperture f/2.8 f/2.8
Min aperture f/22 f/22
Lens mount Leica L Leica L / Sony E
Format Full-frame Full-frame
Angle of view 82.3-35.3° 84.1-34.3°
Minimum focus distance 18cm 18cm
Max magnification 1:2.9 (0.34x) 1:2.9 (0.34x)
Optics 19 elements in 15 groups 19 elements in 15 groups
Focus Autofocus Autofocus
Stabilisation None None
Filter size 82mm (front) 82mm (front)
Dimensions 88 x 123mm 87.8 x 122.9mm
Weight 856g 835g
Price $2,795 $1,099

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Check also the two new Leica SL2/SL2S lens kits:

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