The New S-TYPE In Detail | Part Four

The new lines improve aerodynamics and enhance performance, helped particularly by the revised upper surface of the bootlid, which reduces rear lift. And, as at the front, the new S-TYPE R has its own distinctive signature at the rear, with a discreet but effective spoiler along the boot lip which adds aerodynamic stability at maximum speeds and gives a more assertive, muscular stance.

A choice of five new alloy wheel designs, in sizes up to 18-inch diameter, confirm the sophisticated, sporty image. Sport models now have 18-inch rather than 17-inch wheels as standard, while SE versions move from 16-inch to 17-inch as standard. And the S-TYPE R has maximum visual impact with that trademark mesh grille, new unique wheels, dark tail lamps, a discreet boot spoiler and twin tail pipes – all subtle ways of saying ‘performance’.

Interiors - More Style, More Choice

Like the exterior, the new Jaguar S-TYPE’s interior styling has been moved forward by close attention to detail, concentrating on taking away what wasn’t necessary and adding or improving what is desirable. The result is a combination of more contemporary style and improved practicality. The strikingly new instrument layout features round chronograph dials and two message centres, which now allow clock, odometer, trip and warning information to be displayed concurrently and at all times. A new aluminium facia finish option is a first for a production Jaguar saloon, allowing buyers to choose a more "technical" finish.

The new palette of interior colours and trims offers more choice and stronger differentiation between models. It also offers subtly enhanced material quality, echoing the improved body quality. Trim choices now include cloth, Classic leather, perforated leather and the unique R leather. There are four trim colour options – Champagne, Warm Charcoal, Dove and Ivory – and three new two-tone trim colour combinations, depending on model – Granite and Dove for Sport models, Warm Charcoal and Light Sand for Sport and R, and Warm Charcoal and Dove for the R only. There are also three wood veneer choices: Bronze Madrona, Grey Birds Eye Maple and classic Burr Walnut. Topping the list is the High Luxury pack, with extensive use of classic walnut veneers (including a half-walnut, half-leather steering wheel), softgrain leather, premium floor mats, heated seats with subtle chrome highlights on the headrest bezels and rear cup holders.

Externally there is the option of chrome or body-coloured highlighting to define the new S-TYPE’s personality (except on the R, which is body-colour only). Inside, there is a similar choice and, with that sporty aluminium dash finish on the Sport and R (a much-loved feature of some of Jaguar’s greatest sports cars) even a revolutionary touch. The S-TYPE now also offers a completely wood-free trim, which handsomely underlines the contemporary message.

"The emphasis of this engineering programme has been very much on enhancing and evolving the inherent qualities of the S-TYPE.

For the interior, we listened carefully to our customers to create a more contemporary cabin feel, combining craftsmanship with leading-edge technology.

The exterior of the car is noticeably different with an all-new rear design, while a new aluminium bonnet brings a fresh look to the front. The S-TYPE just gets better and better." Paul Walker, Chief Engineer, S-TYPE, Jaguar Cars.

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Published 4 January 2004 Melanie Carter

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