Its name may have been borrowed from the S-Type introduced in 1963, but the 2000 Jaguar S-Type made its own mark with a look based on the Jaguar and Ford DEW platform. Released in 1999 as an early 2000 model, this four-door sedan was well admired for its styling and features despite lasting for only one generation.
2000: an okay start
The 2000 model of Jaguar S-Type was ushered in with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine capable of producing 210 to 240 horsepower. There was also an optional 4.0-liter V-8 engine available, which could give out 281 horsepower. Both these engines were paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. And even if the S-Type had soft suspension and light steering, it was able to provide a stable ride through turns.
The typical Jaguar look could also be found on the S-Type's exterior even if this model shared the same basic architecture with the Lincoln LS. A "leaping cat" ornament was present on the car's sculpted hood, as well as a vertical bar grille and four round headlights. Jaguar S-Type was also equipped with a 114.5-inch wheelbase similar to that of the Lincoln LS. V-6 models got 5-spoke alloy wheels, and V-8 models were given 10-spoke alloy wheels.
Safety was also a priority in the S-Type models. Side-impact airbags, anti-skid system, traction control, and anti-lock brakes came in pre-installed in the 2000 S-Type sedans. A Sport Package was also made available, and it included the Computer Active Technology Suspension that could soften or firm up the suspension.
2003 saw significant and booming changes in the S-Type especially with the release of the supercharged R trim, which Jaguar claimed to be capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. The 2003 model boasted of its engine upgrade with the base 3.0-liter V-6 engine that could produce 240 horsepower, which came with either a 5-speed Getrag manual gearbox or a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission. A 4.2-liter V-8 engine was also offered, and it was coupled with a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine could provide 300 horsepower while delivering greater performance and economy as well.
The interior was also endowed with improvements. The S-Type R featured 16 adjustable sport seats and armed with a handful of standard equipment such as heated mirrors, power windows, automatic dual-zone climate control, and a wood and leather steering wheel. In 2008, the production of Jaguar S-Type was discontinued, and Jaguar XF stood as its replacement.