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Jaguar S-Type
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Manufacturer Jaguar Cars
Production 1999–2007
Model year(s) 2000-2008
Assembly Birmingham, England
Taiwan (Ford Lio Ho) (assembly)
Successor Jaguar XF (X250)
Class Mid-size luxury car / Executive car (E)
Body style(s) 4-door notchback saloon
Platform Ford DEW98 platform
Related Lincoln LS
Designer Geoff Lawson (1995)
Ian Callum (2004 Facelift)

The Jaguar S-Type was a model of an executive car that debuted at the 1998 Birmingham Motor Show and was marketed by Jaguar for model years 1999-2008, as a four-door notchback saloon. The S-Type received a mild facelift for model year 2005. The 2002 S-Type 4.2 Supercharged V8 at the time, was the fastest road production saloon car in the world. The S-Type was discontinued in late 2007 and replaced by the Jaguar XF in the spring of 2008.


After being privatised in 1984, Jaguar had been developing a smaller saloon cars by the early 1990s, but these plans were axed following its takeover by Ford in 1989, only to resurface within a few years.

The S-Type was produced at Jaguar's Castle Bromwich facility in Birmingham, England. It was unveiled at the Birmingham International Motor Show on 20 October 1998, and went on sale in January 1999. It was aimed at buyers of cars including the BMW 5 Series.

The traditional leaping jaguar hood ornament was optional even though it is approved by the US and EU standards and breaks away in the case of an accident. Some models have the Jaguar logo incorporated within the radiator grille. In Australia, the "jag" bonnet ornament did not become available until 2004.


The car was praised on its release for having a 'luxurious interior', 'creamy composure' and a 'class-leading' 'cosseting ride'. In particular, the 2.7 V6 twin-turbodiesel engine was described as 'a paragon of refinement, quietness, and fuel economy' by the European automotive press, with enough 'refinement and performance to wean anyone off petrol power'. The supercharged 'R' version was also praised for its speed and for 'proper rear-drive Jag' handling.

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