German automotive publication Autobild has released some images and details of Bertone’s new design study. The Bertone B99 is a concept pitched towards Jaguar and the new compact car it plans to make. Unfortunately, the Bertone B99 is unlikely to be the basis for the upcoming small Jag.
For those of you who aren’t aware of Bertone’s work, Bertone has come up with some of the finest-looking pieces of automotive exotica the world has ever seen – masterpieces like the original 1967 Lamborghini Muira, Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta, Lancia Stratos, Ferrari 308, Lamborghini Countach and the more-recent Lamborghini Diablo.
The company has also come up with loads of other designs for Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia, Jaguar and Aston Martin, over the 99 years the company has been around. It’s also seen as the main rival to Pininfarina, another Italian automotive design company.
To mark the company’s 99th anniversary, it has come up with this B99 design study. The B99 takes much inspiration from the flat-and-fat Jaguar XJ sedans of years gone by, as well as some design cues from the 1996-2006 Jaguar XK Series in the headlight and taillight layout.
It may look large but it’s actually quite small and measures around 4.5 metres in length and 1.95 metres in width. The car is very low, with a height of just 1.35 metres – an aspect that probably gives the impression that the car has much larger proportions. It is actually a four-door sedan, too, featuring suicide doors at the rear and frameless doors all round.
It’s an interesting design to say the least, featuring modern details such as LED lights and curvy panel contours, but it also showcases plenty of Jaguar pedigree. What do you think?
The Bertone B99 Jaguar Concept will be on display at the Geneva Motor Show in a coupe of weeks, we look forward to bringing you more details on it then.