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Jaguar XE to become manufacturer’s most fuel-efficient model to date

The new Jaguar XE will bring new levels of aluminum-intensive, lightweight construction to its market segment. Designed around Jaguar’s modular vehicle architecture, the XE is the only car in the class to use a predominantly aluminum monocoque, with the lightweight metal accounting for 75% of the structure.

This ensures, Jaguar claims, that the XE combines outstanding design with benchmark levels of ride and handling.

 

Lightweight construction is a core element of Jaguar’s philosophy, with the OEM focusing heavily on aluminum technology in the automotive industry. The Jaguar XJ, XK and F-Type have all been developed using exceptionally stiff bonded and riveted aluminum structures: with the XE becoming the latest model to use this aerospace-inspired technology.

The weight reduction realized ensures that the XE is the most fuel-efficient Jaguar yet with fuel consumption and CO2 emissions on the NEDC combined cycle of over 75mpg and less than 100g/km respectively.

“The Jaguar XE body uses over 75% aluminum content, which far exceeds any other car in its class,” says Mark White, Jaguar’s chief technical specialist; body complete. “This gives us a body structure with unrivalled low weight: it’s light but also immensely strong with extremely high levels of torsional stiffness. We’ve made sure our aluminum-intensive body structure exceeds all global safety standards without compromising on vehicle design or refinement.”

 

The XE’s aluminum-intensive body delivers exceptional torsional stiffness. The light but strong architecture incorporates highly advanced suspension systems, enhancing ride quality, handling and steering.

The Jaguar XE is also the first car in the world to make use of a new grade of high strength aluminum (called RC 5754), which has been developed specifically for the XE. This new alloy features a high level of recycled material and makes a significant contribution to Jaguar’s goal of using 75% recycled material by 2020.

Designed and engineered in the UK, the XE will be the first Jaguar to be manufactured at a new purpose-built production facility at the company’s Solihull plant in the West Midlands. The world premiere of the new Jaguar XE will be held in London on September 8th.

30 July 2014


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