The Jaguar S-Type is a luxury passenger car of the E segment produced by the English manufacturer Jaguar between 1999 and 2008. It was first presented to the public at the 1998 Birmingham Motor Show. It is a midsize vehicle, the name is a homage to a previous model, the 1963 Jaguar S-Type, although the design appears to be inspired by the Jaguar Mark 2 from the same era. Its main rivals are the European Alfa Romeo 166, Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Saab 9-5, Opel Omega and Volvo S80, and the Japanese Acura TL, Infiniti M and Lexus GS.
It is a five-seater with a four-door sedan body, longitudinal front engine and rear wheel drive. It was offered with five-speed manual and six-speed automatic gearboxes. The S-Type was restyled in 2002, 2004 and 2007, and was replaced by the Jaguar XF in early 2008.
The interior of the vehicle is mainly made up of good quality leather and wood-look tailored to the customer's taste. This car has unusual equipment in its time, for example the touch screen of the console, the automatic electric seats (they are tilted back when the door is opened to facilitate the entry of the driver) or the xenon headlights with automatic ignition.
Before the main restyling (2002) Sen used a manual gearbox and an automatic gearbox, both 5-speed. After this, a new 6-speed automatic and manual were introduced.
In this restyling, the conventional handbrake was also eliminated, being replaced by an electronic parking brake.
All S-Type engines have four valves per cylinder. The gasoline is a 2.5-liter V6 and 200 hp, a 3.0-liter V6 and 249 hp produced by Porsche, a 4.0-liter V8 and 280 hp, a 4.2-liter naturally aspirated 298 hp V8 or with a 396 hp volumetric compressor. The Diesel is a 2.7-liter 207 hp V6, produced by the PSA Group, which was the best-seller due to its low consumption.
The first restyling was an update of the interior for one of more quality and better design.