Jaguar S-Type

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Jaguar S-Type
2001 Jaguar S-Type
ManufacturerJaguar Cars
Parent companyFord Motor Company (1998-2008)
Tata Motors (2008-)
Production1999–2008
AssemblyBirmingham, West Midlands, England
SuccessorJaguar XF
ClassMid-size luxury car
Executive car
Body style(s)4-door saloon
LayoutFR layout
PlatformFord DEW98 platform
Engine(s)2.5 L AJ-V6 V6
3.0 L AJ-V6 V6
4.0 L AJ-V8 V8
4.2 L AJ-V8 V8
2.7 L AJD-V6 V6
Transmission(s)5-speed manual
5-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase114.5 in (2908 mm)
Length2006-08: 193.1 in (4905 mm)
2002-05: 192.0 in (4877 mm)
2000-01: 191.3 in (4859 mm)
Width2006-08: 81.1 in (2060 mm)
2000-05: 71.6 in (1819 mm)
Height2000-03: 55.7 in (1415 mm)
2004-05: 56.0 in (1422 mm)
2006-08: 57.0 in (1448 mm)
RelatedFord Thunderbird
Lincoln LS
ManualsService Manual

The Jaguar S-Type, introduced at the 1998 Birmingham Motor Show, was a mid-size luxury/executive car. The car went on sale 1999. The name was a revival of a previous Jaguar model, the S-Type introduced in 1963, while the bodywork appeared to have been inspired by the Jaguar Mark 2 of the same period.

Model history (1998-2008)

Overview

The S-Type was produced at Jaguar's Castle Bromwich facility in Birmingham, England. The car was styled by the late Geoff Lawson and is based on the Jaguar DEW platform/Ford DEW platform, which it shared with the now out-of-production Lincoln LS, but with substantial modifications.

The supercharged S-Type R joined the lineup in 2003, and the hope was that it would compete with BMW's M5 and the Mercedes E55 AMG. The "R" was powered by a supercharged V8 producing 400 hp (300 kW; 410 PS) and could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.3 s (0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.6 s). It included 18 in (457 mm) alloy wheels, wire-mesh grille and dramatic monochromatic paint. The "R" also has a sportier rear apron, side-skirts, and front apron with built-in fog-lamps, a rear spoiler, a brace located near the rear subframe, and "R" badging on the boot lid and both front wings. It was the most expensive S-Type, with a base price of £50,040 in the UK [1] (US$58,995 in the United States).

Also added for 2003 model was an electronic parking-brake paddle-switch, which replaced the conventional manually-operated lever for the rear brakes.

A minor facelift in 2004 refined the S-Type's overall appearance, with the addition of redesigned standard front and rear aprons, slightly modified grille to include the Jaguar badge, remodeled rear light clusters, an aluminium bonnet, and a new 2.7 L V6 diesel engine. The windscreen washer jets were incorporated into the windscreen wiper arms. Internally, the center console was redesigned to incorporate the revised switch-gear and radio (or optional satellite navigation equipment).

Powertrain

From 2003, the rear-wheel-drive S-Type was produced with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed J-Gate transmission that allows automatic gear selection or clutchless manual gear selection. The 2004 diesel sport saw the introduction of a 6-speed manual transmission. From model years 2000 to 2002, the S-Type was equipped with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed J-Gate Ford 5R55N transmission.

The vehicle was powered by a variety of petrol and diesel engines. The 2.5 L V6 engine was not available for vehicles exported to the United States and Canada.

Replacement (2008)

The S-Type was discontinued in spring 2008. Jaguar have replaced the S-type with the new XF, which was released in 2008. The concept Jaguar C-XF (C for Concept) was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show 3 January 2007.

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