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2006 Jaguar S-TYPE Sedan - Overview

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$45,330 – $63,330 MSRP

$41,251 – $57,631 Invoice

17 / 23 MPG City/Hwy

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Overview

What's New
For 2006, the Jaguar S-Type carries on with only minor changes. Horsepower increases slightly on the 4.2-liter V-8 engine, which now produces 300 hp. There's also a new braking system that helps reduce stopping distances. The 3.0 model receives new 17-inch wheels and a chrome mesh rounds out the changes.

Overview
The Jaguar S-Type shares its platform with the Lincoln LS (and the now-defunct Ford Thunderbird). There are four different models in the range: a 3.0, 4.2, 4.2 Vanden Plas (VDP) Edition, and the hot-rodded R version. Prices range from slightly over $45,000 to nearly $65,000 for the R version. Inside, they differ with regard to the use of wood trim: the S-Type 3.0 and 4.2 feature Sapele wood veneer, while the VDP has Burl Walnut, and the R gets gray-stained Bird's Eye Maple. The high-performance R model features a slightly different exterior design that includes a unique front-end look, stainless steel exhaust tips (chrome finish on other models), and non-chromed mirror caps.

Powertrains include a 235-hp 3.0L V-6, which is a version of the Ford Duratec 30 engine; a 4.2L Jaguar-based V-8 that gets six extra ponies this year; and a supercharged V-8 that produces 400 hp for the R model. All S-Types use an electronically controlled six-speed ZF automatic transmission and receive ABS, four-wheel vented disc brakes, and Brake Assist as standard. In addition, Jaguar's Computer Active Technology Suspension (CATS) continuously monitors ride quality and adjusts the shocks for comfort and performance. All safety features are standard, including side curtain airbags, three-point seat belts, and seat-mounted side airbags.

All S-Type models offer standard Adaptive Cruise Control, a system that automatically maintains a preset distance from the car in front, slowing or speeding up as necessary. Also standard are an electric tilt and telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, and a power one-touch open/close moonroof. The R also benefits from a standard 320-watt Alpine audio system. Options this year include satellite radio and Bluetooth wireless capability, which allows for hands-free communication using your own Bluetooth-enabled cell phone. (The system seamlessly integrates your personal cell phone with the vehicle's phone functions, allowing for hands-free calling in the car by accessing numbers stored in your Bluetooth cell phone. The S-Type also features a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty and free scheduled maintenance for one year or 12,000 miles.

The Competition
The Jaguar S-Type plays in the Midsize Premium Conventional segment, competing against a dozen other vehicles, mostly European in origin.

The S-Type sold 8,897 units in calendar year 2005, but the segment was led in sales by the Lexus ES Series (67,577 units in 2005), according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM The BMW 5-Series (52,722) and Mercedes-Benz E-Class (50,383) round out the segment for 2005. Other competitors with sales over 20,000 in calendar year 2005 include the Cadillac STS, Lexus GS Series, Infiniti M-Series, and Volvo V70.

Available Trims for the 2006 Jaguar S-TYPE Sedan

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
3.0L V6 (A6) 6 speed automatic $45,330 235-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl 19/28
4.2L V8 (A6) 6 speed automatic $51,830 300-hp / 4.2L 8-cyl 18/26
4.2L V8 R (A6) 6 speed automatic $63,330 400-hp / 4.2L 8-cyl 17/23

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