The sensational Jaguar C-X75 Concept was undoubtedly the star of the Paris Motor Show in 2010 but Bertone is now hoping to catapult the leaping cat back to the head of the news agenda at next month’s Geneva Motor Show with its B99 concept. At first glance, the new car looks to have thrown out the post-retro styling scheme of the XF and XJ, harking back to the late 20th century, and the X350.
However, for overseas buyers, the XF/XJ style has been harder to stomach than anticipated – Jaguar still stands for ‘traditional elegance’ abroad – and the new B99 is a return to what European and US buyers have been hankering for since the arrival of the new-gen Ian Callum-styled cars. Surprisingly, given the heavy XJC styling overtones, the B99 is 4.5m long, hinting at a long-overdue replacement for the X-TYPE, from the Italian perspective.
Another surprising aspect is that the B99 – so-called because it celebrates the 99th Anniversary of the creation of the Italian styling house – was styled with direction from Ian Callum and input from ex-Rover Designer, Adrian Griffiths. That might explain why it’s so easy on the eyes – although whether it has an influence on the design of the X-TYPE’s replacement remains to be seen.
It’s clear that Jaguar is hoping to gauge buyer opinions with the B99 – so do tell its Design Team what you think by posting here. They are watching.
Here’s a gallery of earlier Bertone-Jaguars. It’s a mixed bunch…