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Jaguar heads upmarket with its vital new luxury sedan, relegating S-Type to history

1 May 2008

OUT goes the 1960s-style S-Type and in comes a thoroughly modern new mid-size luxury contender for Jaguar in the form of the XF – the first sedan fully designed by noted stylist Ian Callum. As well as scoring highly on style, the XF also bristles with technology and innovation. It is a car that has clearly been created with great passion and driving the XF feels like an event. There are four models available from launch, each with different engines. The base model comes with either a 2.7-litre twin-turbocharged diesel or 3.0-litre petrol V6, the mid-range gets a 4.2-litre V8 and the flagship (until the hot XF-R comes along) has a supercharged V8.
Model release date: 1 April 2008 to 1 June 2009

Previous model

Jaguar S-Type

Released: March 1999
Ended: March 2008
Family Tree: XF

Uunder Ford ownership, Jaguar tried to recreate past glories and the heavy-handed retro style of the born-again S-Type never really clicked with buyers. Released locally in March 1999, the S-Type was offered with a 3.0-litre 179kW/300Nm V6 and a 209kW/390Nm 4.0-litre V8. The heavily revised Series II in 2002 introduced a six-speed ZF auto, the V8 grew to 4.2 litres (224kW/420Nm) and a hot supercharged V8 offered 298kW/408Nm. Only two years later, Jaguar brought out the Series III with subtle but substantial body changes, revised suspension and more equipment. The 3.0-litre V6 was dropped and, from April 2006, a 153kW/435Nm 2.7-litre twin-turbo diesel was added.

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