New Look Jaguar S-TYPE For 2008 | Part TwoPublished 6 December 2006
Excellent value-for-money across the range
Enhancements to the S-TYPE product range in the UK simplify the line-up to four trim levels, all offering customers improved value-for-money: the Spirit, XS, SE and 'R'.
S-TYPE Spirit (2.7 diesel and 3.0 petrol) - The new entry to the range will be the 2.7 diesel and 3.0 petrol Spirit models. These cars feature 8x6 way leather seats and automatic transmission as standard in addition to the other changes being made to the whole range. Importantly the 2008 S-TYPE Spirit models also feature a £1,000 price reduction and offer outstanding value with diesel prices starting at under £30,000 and petrol prices below £29,000.
S-TYPE XS (2.7 diesel and 3.0 petrol) - The highly successful XS model replaces the existing S-TYPE Sport. The 3.0 petrol XS is based upon the 08MY 3.0 Spirit and includes automatic transmission, SE steering wheel and reverse park control as standard. Additional standard features include 18-inch Mercury Alloy wheels, an Exterior Styling Pack displaying a stylish front spoiler with fog lamps, perforated leather sports seats, sports interior theme, de-chromed bumpers and sports suspension.
The 2008 S-TYPE 3.0 XS will be priced at £31,995. The specification of this car also includes automatic transmission as standard. A 2.7 diesel XS with identical specification is also offered, priced at £32,995.
S-TYPE SE (2.7 diesel and 3.0 petrol) - Improvements to the SE include the addition of 18-inch Triton wheels, 10x8 leather seats and rain sensing wipers, as well as the bumper and grille enhancements being applied to the whole range. Pricing at £33,495 (3.0 litre) and £34,495 (2.7 diesel) is £455 more than the prior model year.
S-TYPE R (4.2 litre supercharged V8) - Following the success of a similar change on XJR at 07MY, the flagship S-TYPE R derivative has been repositioned. This range-topping model offers increased value through the fitment of 19-inch Barcelona wheels as standard. More significantly the on-the-road price is reduced to £45,000 (from £50,040). This lower price further reinforces the car's outstanding value.
Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, sums up the car he lives with every day: "The S-TYPE R has a dual personality, in line with Jaguar's philosophy for our ultra high performance flagship vehicles. The car is inherently quiet, refined and comfortable - but when stirred, it becomes a true performance machine, satisfying the demands of the driving enthusiast. Power is instantly available, without ever being intimidating or overly demanding of the driver."
Models no longer offered include the 2.7 diesel Classic and 3.0 petrol Classic models, 2.7 diesel S and 3.0 petrol S models, 2.7 diesel and 3.0 petrol Sport derivatives and all naturally aspirated 4.2 V8 engine derivatives.
The S-TYPE 2008 sees Jaguar Racing Green replaced with new Emerald Fire. All other exterior colours remain unchanged.
In summary, S-TYPE 2008 provides a series of specification enhancements and significantly simplifies the range. Together with important price reductions (in particular to the Spirit and 'R' models) and the continuation of the successful XS model, these changes deliver an excellent value-for-money proposition for customers.
Confusingly Jaguar have decided to call the revised S-TYPE the 2008 model even though it is available to order from dealers now.