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Published on Feb 19, 2011
Only moments after posting the teaser image, German print mag Autobild bashed us over the head with these three photos of the Jaguar design concept.
Reminiscent of the classic Jaguar XJ, the imposing 4-door concept serves as a potential new entry-level model in vein of the discontinued X-Type. Looking at the door handles, the retro design features rearward opening (suicide) rear doors. Seemingly, Bertone is going for a new approach to the four-door coupe design trend but without the sloping roof line. Here Bertone has inserted a normal sedan-like C-pillar but have made the rear doors half the size of the front doors.
Proportions are 4.5 meters long, 1.95 meters wide and 1.35 meters tall - slightly smaller than the old X-Type. With the shortened greenhouse adding to its sleek look we couldn't help but remember the Ford Interceptor Concept from 2007.
For the powertrain, all we know is that its being billed as a long range full hybrid.
The name B99 pays homage to the 99-year history of the company founded in 1912.
No doubt, the B99 is a head turner but will it receive a positive response from the media and fans alike? We'll find out soon enough when the B99 makes its debut in Geneva on March 1st. In the meantime, let us know what you think in the comments below.