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SAN FRANCISCO:  The Jaguar S-TYPE sport sedan retains the same exterior yet boasts approximately 70 percent new content. Jaguar has added more luxury, more safety and more performance. The 2003 S-Type has an all-new interior, new suspension, two new transmissions, a 6-speed automatic and a 5-speed manual, and a revised 3.0-liter V6 engine with 240 horsepower.

The Jaguar 3.0-liter V6 engine now has more power and refinement for model year ’03 and it’s quickly noticeable. Introduced in 1999, the S-TYPE has managed to lure luxury car buyers away from the competition and into the Jaguar family. To date, Jaguar North America has sold over 37,000 S-Types, 140,000 worldwide, having recently seen its best first quarter in the company’s history, selling 16,389 vehicles across the lineup. As with the affordable X-TYPE, Jaguar was aiming at bringing new buyers into the Jaguar lineup, so far succeeding. According to Simon Sproule, V.P. Communications and Marketing, "nine out of 10 buyers coming to the S-TYPE are new to the Jaguar franchise."

Other improvements on the 2003 S-TYPE include a new crankshaft, revised lubrication system and exhaust system, modified cylinder heads, revised engine management system and improved camshaft drive system. Noise, Vibration and Harshness has been significantly improved, and a new electronic "J-gate" gear selector incorporated. A switch mounted on the center console enables drivers to choose between normal driving and sport shift modes.

The 2003 Jaguar S-Type SPECS are:

Wheelbase: 114.5 in.
Height: 56.0 in.
Width: 81.1 in.
Length: 192.0 in.
Weight:
3.0 V6 5-sp manual, 3695 lbs;
3.0 V6 6-sp. automatic, 3777 lbs;
4.2 V8 6-sp automatic, 3874 lbs;
4.2 V8 s/c 6-sp. automatic, 4046 lbs.

All new 2003 S-TYPE models are equipped with a new 140-watt Alpine audio system, with single-slot CD, AM/FM/Cassette configuration. On all S-TYPE models, new lightweight magnesium frame seating is standard; on the 3.0-liter, seats are eight-way driver/six-way passenger adjustment, and on the 4.2-liter models, 10-way driver/eight-way passenger.

The new S-TYPES are equipped with lots of telemetrics, including Jaguar’s premier Voice activation system with five languages plus a DVD satellite navigation system. Of course, front and side airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes are all standard equipment.

With one more change Jaguar has aligned itself with Land Rover and Aston Martin, all British marques. Rather than Jaguar producing its own SUV, someone buying an Jaguar S-Type will be able to walk right next door and purchase a Land Rover. Consolidating the three makes sense says Sproule, "There are nine vehicles across the British group," Sproule noted, "with 143 Land Rover dealerships and 153 Jaguar dealerships." Three of the fastest growing British franchises, Land Rover, Aston Martin and Jaguar can cross-sell, providing more convenience for our customers. By Susan Frissell AutoWire.Net - San Francisco

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