The Jaguar B 99 concept was created by the Italian styling
firm Bertone, who were working to a brief set by the Jaguar
design chief Ian Callum.
Aside from being a proposal for a new entry-level Jag,
the B 99 concept also commemorates Bertone's 99th anniversary
- and that explains the name.
The Jaguar B99 is a sleek looking machine which incorporates
several traditional Jaguar styling cues not found on the
company's most recent models. There's the long, low hood
and chunky, slab-like sides, as well as the familiar rounded
rectangular grille and commanding cockpit view. The front
and rear of the car mirror each other in terms of design,
there are thin, slit-like headlights and taillights, and
the shape of the front grille is replicated at the rear
Measuring in at 4.5 meters (14.7 ft) long, 1.95 meters
(6.4 ft) wide and 1.35 meters (4.4 ft) high the Jaguar
B 99 is smaller than its proportions suggest - it's similar
in size to a BMW 3-Series.
The bodywork is devoid of any unnecessary clutter or decoration,
and even the styling lines are kept to a minimum. The
doorhandles have been minimized to help keep the sides
as clean as possible, the location of the handles also
reveals another trick to the B 99 - rear hinged rear doors.
Although their size suggests there isn't an excess of
space for the rear-seat occupants.
The Jaguar B99 concept is powered by a modular, Extended
Range Hybrid system which utilizes twin 204 hp (150kW)
electric engines connected to the inboard side of the
rear axle for propulsion and a lightweight 1.4 litre engine
producing 170 hp (125 kW) for range extension, giving
a combined power output of 570 horsepower (425 kW). The
engine recharges the Lithium-ion batteries, allowing for
a theoretical range of 434 miles (700 kilometers) of highway
driving between fill-ups with a carbon dioxide output
of around 30 g Co2/km. The B99 can also travel in full
electric mode offering zero emissions for 62 miles (100kms).
The interior of the Jaguar B99 concept features an expansive
panel of polished wood across the facia. And in a nod
to the classic exterior design, the driver is met with
four analogue gauges. The more modern gadgets, like sat-nav
and infotainment system, are hidden behind sliding panels
to keep the interior looking sleek and luxurious.
In addition to the street car, Bertone also developed
a GT2 lookalike. The idea being that if Jaguar can make
the B99 a competitive racer, then the road car will be
able to stand up to the likes of the BMW 3 Series in the
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