invited some of its dealers
to the launch of the new XKR
and surprised them with a private unveiling of the new S-Type sedan. Ford
has been feeding rumors
that the new S-Type's styling will be a major breakthrough for the brand, and reaction to the sneak peek at Jaguar's four-door feline seem to support that. The retro look has reportedly been ditched in favor of "heavy flanks", a four-door coupe profile and a "wide and deep grille flanked by prominent headlights". The car did suffer a setback when Jaguar dropped plans
to build it on a modified aluminum XJ
platform. Instead the new car
will roll on the current model's (pictured) steel frame.
The new S-Type is still 12 months away from being publicly debuted, but dealers are notorious for being brutally honest about a car's potential, so their reaction to the car at the XKR introduction is a good sign.