Jaguar has revised the S-type for the second time in two years with a package of cosmetic and suspension changes combined with equipment upgrades aimed at heading off competition from the new BMW 5-series.
New metalwork for the bonnet and boot are matched to a new grille, rear lights and rear bumper. Under the skin, retuned dampers and low-friction ball joints are claimed to improve ride and handling.
Although subtle, the facelift is designed to give the S-type a more modern look. Most prominent is the new aluminium bonnet, which saves 11kg in weight and features a more pronounced central ridge that tapers towards the new grille.
The more upright grille is based on the design previewed on the R-D6 concept. Inspired by the D-type’s grille, its shape is wider and shorter than the old one. ‘The whole front of the car has a crisper, more powerful look and stance,’ said design director Ian Callum.
He has also reduced the pronounced droop in the original S-type’s boot by raising the lid by 25mm, a small adjustment that Jaguar says gives the car ‘a more athletic shape’.