Jaguar S-TYPE (X200)
Launched in 1998, the S-TYPE road the crest of the wave of retro design that had arguably been kickstarted by Volkswagen’s reboot of the Beetle. It was made at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich facility in Birmingham, was styled by Geoff Lawson in 1995, and was greeted by a mixed reaction from the press and buyers. It was based on the Jaguar DEW platform/Ford DEW platform, which was shared with the Lincoln LS.
The first S-TYPEs were disappointing to drive, but the 2003 facelift really improved the car’s dynamics and interior. Subsequent models (X202, X204, and X206 introduced running changes that improved the overall appeal of the car, which actually ended up being an excellent buy, especially in V6 diesel form. Replaced by the XF in 2007, which carried over much of the S-TYPEs understructure.
Reviews, blogs and news stories
The NEC Motorshow in 1998 was a vitally important event for Rover and Jaguar. Both companies launched brand new cars – and, in both cases, they were designed the way they were to re-establish traditional marque values. Both cars were styled to evoke memories of 1950s and ’60s products, but the question remains: which did it better […]
Ian Nicholls, AROnline’s resident historian takes time out from his studies of the BMC>MGR archive to tell us about his rather eclectic taste in cars – and his relationship with Browns Lane’s finest…
Ian Nicholls, AROnline’s historian, turns his attention to Jaguar – and looks at its fall and rise in the 1990s, an era when the German manufacturers were beginning to take over the world. Here, in Part Five – the final instalment – he recounts how the company ended up heading down today’s road to success under the tutelage […]
Ian Nicholls, AROnline’s historian, turns his attention to Jaguar – and looks at its fall and rise in the 1990s, an era when the German manufacturers were beginning to take over the world. Here, in Part Four, he recalls the introduction of the X300-generation XJ6, and how it previewed the next generation of saloons to emerge from the company.
Ian Nicholls, AROnline’s historian, turns his attention to Jaguar – and looks at its fall and rise in the 1990s, an era when the German manufacturers were beginning to take over the world.
Here, in Part Three, he recalls how Ford begins to put right the quality woes in the existing range.
Taking Jaguar forward into the 21st century inevitably meant weaning it off its love affair with the straight-six, and taking the company in a whole new V8-powered direction. The AJ-V8 engine was the result of this radical thinking. Ralph Hosier tells the story of its birth… A change in direction… There was a time when ‘Jaguar’ […]
Mike Butler That’s my mobile then… who’s that calling me now.? “Hello, is that Mike Butler?” “Er, yes. Who’s calling?” “It’s Car magazine here; I’m glad to say that you’re one of the winners in our S-Type launch competition.” So, 24 March 1999, I was off to Brown’s Lane for the launch of the then […]
Dean Beedell (Originally written in 1999) On a miserable day in January I received a call that brightened my day. The phone call was from Bob Archard of the Jag Enthusiast’s club asking if my old S type would be able to attend a commercial launch of the new S-type saloon. Unipart wanted an original […]
DESIGN NEWS International design teams give birth to high-spirited offspring, each with distinctive traits By Rick DeMeis, Senior Editor — Design News, July 18, 1999 When Ford took Jaguar in corporate marriage back in December 1989, the union was blessed with skepticism not only by many consignetti but some of those at the British-based company […]
DAVID BRIERLEY THE NEW Jaguar S-Type has been launched successfully, putting the British luxury car-maker firmly on track to compete with Mercedes and BMW. By Friday, Jaguar dealers had taken 20,000 firm orders worth some pounds 650m at showroom prices; they had received a further 35,000 inquiries. This means Jaguar is set to produce 80,000 […]
NEW YORK TIMES Ford Puts British Automaker on the High Road : Jaguar Comes Roaring Back In the annals of the automobile industry, Ford Motor Co.’s purchase of Jaguar has to rank as a truly long-term investment. Bought a decade ago for £2.5 billion ($4.07 billion) as a vehicle to take Ford upmarket, Jaguar instead […]
THE INDEPENDENT It is high time for Rover and Jaguar to show they can design for the future Gavin Green ROVER DIDN’T so much shoot itself in the foot at the Birmingham Show this week, as blast off both legs with a sawn-off shotgun. The British maker is renowned for clutching defeat from the jaws […]
THE INDEPENDENT Jaguar to lead Ford expansion By DAVID BRIERLEY JAGUAR is to lead Ford’s worldwide expansion. That is the ambitious plan of Jac Nasser, who becomes Ford president and chief executive in January. Speaking at the Paris Motor Show, Mr Nasser proclaimed that the new S-Type would help to lift annual production at Jaguar […]
THE INDEPENDENT RUSSELL HOTTEN A row is developing between the European Commission and the Department of Trade and Industry over delays in Brussels approving a government aid package to Jaguar. Sources in Brussels say the DTI has been dragging its feet in replying to requests for information about the £80m subsidy to the company, and […]
THE INDEPENDENT RUSSELL HOTTEN Jaguar, which will today confirm a £500m plan to produce a new model, is to build the production plant on a former Spitfire aircraft factory in Birmingham. The site, along with the adjoining former tyre factory, Fort Dunlop, has been bought by the Government as part of an £80m aid package […]