Offering a possible look at a new generation of classy cat, the Bertone Jaguar B99 Concept will formally bow in at Geneva. The B99's code name reflects 99 years of Bertone's existence as a premier design house and coachbuilder, but its fairly dramatic departure of this BMW 3 Series-sized sedan from Jaguar's current breed opens the door for some intriguing possibilities regarding the look of a small sedan the automaker plans to add to its family in the 2013/2014 time window.
Developed in concert with Jaguar's design chief Ian Callum, the B99 Concept does embody cues that pay obvious homage to several classic Jags of yore. The fluid lines and elegant proportions seen in its hand-formed aluminum bodywork are crowned by a retro-XJ-style greenhouse while the historic "leaper" returns to its hood. However, the B99 Concept's long, narrow lighting units -- front and rear -- represent a clear departure from the tried-and-true. As does a hybrid powertrain that's rumored to provide power for this handsome one-off reside. Stay tuned.