The lovely Bertone B99 concept was brought to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, and such was its impact that rumours emerged that Jaguar might have been involved in producing the design model, or may even consider aspects of it for a future small sedan.
Since then Jaguar has said it had nothing to do with the project and won’t be considering it for production. While previously Jaguar has been looking to develop new product to expand its range, the Bertone B99 will be overlooked for other models which are being developed in house.
In the meantime, Jaguar will be relying on its new XJ sedan to keep things going and will pursue a 4×4 crossover model. With rumours that a smaller sedan is being planned to compete with models like the BMW 3 Series, you’d think there was room to look at the Bertone B99, or at the very least, pay the design house a compliment for what was a lovely show car.
Of the Bertone B99, Jaguar global brand director Adrian Hallmark said:
It is not our concept. We appreciate the fact that Jaguar is interesting enough for people to do a concept around. It’s not that we are offended by it, or against it — it is just not for us.
Source | Automotive News
These live pics from the Geneva Show reveal the Bertone B99 Jaguar-dedicated sedan concept. Both a road-going and competition-oriented B99 GT were taken to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and while the concept had leaked before its unveiling, seeing in this flesh shows what a lovely and intriguing model it is.
The models celebrate 99 years of Bertone design, and in the presentation the mechanics of the B99 were revealed. It runs off an EREV electric system with an endothermic engine and range extender of 170 hp. Two electric motors at the rear complete the set-up with a total of 570 hp. Range is measured at about 700 km, with an average of about 30 g/km. The vehicle can run for about 100 km in electric mode.
There is no other news associated with this EREV system although it could be an example of the same technology that Jaguar is experimenting with on its own models. The Bertone B99 is a muscular sedan with a traditional rear end that departs from the coupé-look we see on most models today. It’s exaggeratedly long and low, and has flowing sides towards that almost vintage-like rear. The doors are hinged at opposite ends so we get a book-opening feature to get into and out of the car, and the interior focuses on a minimalist style with dark colours and quality finishes.
The Bertone B99 measures 4.5 metres long but it looks even longer thanks to the only 1.35 metres in height and width of 1.95 m (wheelbase is 2.8 m long). The bonnet features the classic Jaguar leaping cat which is no longer used on production model Jags and which contributes to the slight retro feel of this model. The competition B99 GT model was presented as an all-electric vehicle (four electric motors) with 980 hp. It’s a wider, more aerodynamic model at 2.5 metres wide and sits on 20-inch Pirelli competition tyres.