The new S-Type is Jaguar's first mid-sized car in three decades. It shares underpinnings with the new Lincoln LS, but it has an unmistakably Jaguar body, especially in front.
Only 40 percent of the chassis components are shared by Lincoln and Jaguar. Among the differences are unique-to-Jaguar suspension bushings, shock absorbers and springs (the S-Type is the first Jaguar with upper and lower control arms in the rear suspension instead of half-shafts that also serve as upper links).
Jaguar's 4.0-liter, AJ-V-8 engine provides 281 hp and 287 pounds-feet of torque at 4,300 rpm. There's also a V-6 S-Type with a 3.0-liter Ford Duratec V-6 alloy block. But Jaguar supplies its own top end for that engine, with variable valve timing and a new intake that help produce 240 hp and 212 pounds-feet of torque.
The S-Type uses the Jaguar-style J-gate shifter to control its new five-speed automatic transmission.