• Mar 20, 2011
2011 Bertone Jaguar B99 Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Jaguar is scheduled to release more details about its upcoming small car, which won't look like the Bertone B99 Concept above, at the 2011 AutoRAI in Amsterdam. The details will include the car's name, which is rumored to be XS.

The name fits into Jag's current naming convention, but it seems more than a little cutesy to call your small car "XS." Whether Jag meant the coincidence or not, word is they're sticking with the moniker.

Jaguar is aiming the XS at the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series and is working hard to make sure the new car isn't as bad as its ill-conceived X-Type. There are rumors circulating about an XS-based roadster and coupe as well, but we wouldn't hold our breath on that front, as Jaguar hasn't yet released the sedan's shape.



Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

[Source: MotorAuthority]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      The X-Type failed because it was based upon the Ford Mondeo and was FWD. People may have felt that it was a tarted up Ford and not e a real Jag.
      • 3 Years Ago
      nice a jaguar for the "common ppl" y am happy they didnt take bertone design becuase its looks nice but not a design that can evolve like 3 series or others cars it will compete
      • 3 Years Ago
      I didn't see anything wrong with the X-type's design. It had reliability issues, but I thought the design was pretty good.

      I liked Jaguar's XJ best, specifically the last iteration of it. It was easily identifiable and represented what I feel is the company's character. The new models are likable, but it looks like just a generic luxury car.

      I'm probably in the minority, though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Since it will be a C-segment competitor, XC would be the logical name. But since "XC" is often associated with crossovers (and since the baby Jag will reportedly slot upscale from the 3-series and Mercedes C-series), why not XD? Unless the Scion associations are too strong, that is. Then XE it is.

      Or maybe the company could just follow up on the X-Type moniker and call the new one XX. Jaguars already have a lot of female buyers. Why not wear their female-friendly demographics overtly?
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Compact" luxury cars like the 3-series, C-class and this new Jaguar fall into the D-segment, C-segment or compact cars are for example, a Focus or an A3.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They need to call it "Jaguar Coventry Classic Saloon" and make it something special and different. They need to re-invent the wheel a little bit, maybe some different sorts of body styles. I like the suicide doors on the back, I bet this would also make a great convertible.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The company I work for has a new product coming out called the POS-10. Apparently they are looking at changing the name first. Sometimes even 3 letter abbreviations dont translate across the ocean.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That Bertone concept is handsome enough, and they seem to like it at Top Gear.

      But it's a tad too Olde Worlde Jaguar for me - like or loathe the new cats, at least they look up to date. I trust the upcoming X-replacement does the same.

      Also, what's with designers and their suicide rear door fetish? It's a pain for a friend who bought a Vauxhall/Opel Meriva - front and rear occupants bump into each other on entry/exit, especially in confined parking spaces. The rear doors should slide, then it would be a near-perfect flex-machine.
      • 3 Years Ago
      @ Pete: You were one of the lucky ones. I had an X-Type that I ran to 80,000 miles with nothing but issues with every part of the car except the engine. Traded it for a C-Class. Will not consider another Jaguar even on pain of death.
      • 3 Years Ago
      At least calling it the XE would have made sense. Now it just seems like they're gonna take the Lincoln approach to alphanumerics.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love how you guy's keep pushing the Bertone design in the Jaguar posts.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm holding out for the Jaguar XXX
        • 3 Years Ago
        lol, Autin Power's new 'Shaguar'
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've been looking at the Bertone Jaguar B99 and think that the design could be revised into the next generation Bristol Blenheim. It certainly looks more Bristol-ish than it does Jaguar-ish Who knows, maybe Bristol's new owners will have the same opinion as me.

      Could you imagine that thing with a Chrysler Hemi under the hood and 8 speed auto? Would certainly yank Bristol back into the 21st century.

      As for the Jaguar XS, I just don't know. Any smaller Jaguar is bound to be a high volume car, and that means spending a lot of ressources on it. In my opinion it's a bad idea. Jaguar might have better luck simply designing a four cylinder out of their V8 or building a V12 and inline 6 out of the V8. Would expand their line up without too much initial cost and please more fans than a smaller car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I've heard the Bristol - B99 a couple of times over the weekend on other sites but it doesn't look good for Bristol, it looks like it will bought and broken up. The restoration and parts division is a viable business and the Kensington showroom a valuable property. There is a UK web site called AROnline who are trying to buy it!

        The old X type design was considered to old fashioned despite its very modern underpinnings. What the target audience wanted was a viable alternative to a 3 series/A4/C Class type car what we got fell short.

        It was a lesson learnt, the next small Jag will drive as well as the old X type but the new one will appeal more to its target audience. There will also be a raw version with all the 'bells and whistles' you get on a M3 or S4. And hopefully they will screw it together properly this time but there again they are not alone there, just look at the product recalls from other manufactures over the past couple of years.

        Jag need a smaller car, don't forget Land Rover is the other half of JLR and with stricter emission laws here in the UK/EU it makes perfect sense to take this approach. It is also a far better approach than carbon offsetting which just passes the problem on rather solve it long term and its a far better option than Aston Martin has taken with the Cygnet.

        There will be a new sports car, its the worst kept secret in the industry, the 'Mules' have been running around here for a long time, you will start to see more about this I reckon towards the end of the summer. This because the first batch of heavily disguised roadsters will start to appear in the press.

        I drive a XF and the better half has a Discovery 4 but we both know its only a matter of time before we have to consider the smaller option as 'Green Gravy Train Scam' starts to bite.
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