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Jaguar Disavows B99 – Leaves Future of Compact Replacement in the Air

“Not the right direction,” says senior U.S. exec.

by on Mar.14, 2011

Jaguar disavows the Bertone B99 concept.

Don’t expect to see the much-ballyhooed Jaguar B99 concept vehicle hit the assembly line anytime soon.  Make that ever.

Though the Bertone-designed prototype received plenty of attention even before it was formally unveiled at the recent Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar officials are forcefully disassociating themselves from the unabashedly retro design.  And that leaves plenty of uncertainty about if and when the British brand will come up with a replacement for its largely unloved X-Type to fill a big gap in the booming compact luxury car segment.

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The word, “bold,” was frequently used to describe the three-box design of the B99, which was meant to celebrate the long relationship between Bertone and Jaguar, which dated back to the XK150, from 1957.  The look was distinctly different from the wedgy shapes of recent Jag models, such as the XF and XK, and seemed almost aimed at reviving the classic shape of the old and long-running XJ sedan.

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