A Jaguar that could go 75 miles per gallon and emit less than 100 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer travelled (NEDC combined cycle)? Why not? Such Jaguar has already been realized – the new Jaguar XE. Underpinned by the carmaker’s Jaguar's modular vehicle architecture, the XE is the only car in the class that employs an aluminum-intensive monocoque.
As matter of fact, around 75 of the structure is made of lightweight aluminum. Setting a new standard in the segment while achieving a new milestone in body engineering, the Jaguar XE is a result of the carmaker’s expertise in high-volume production of aluminum vehicles.
That allows the Jaguar XE to become an amalgam of excellent and benchmark levels of ride and handling. Achieving such feat is not a surprise for Jaguar, as lightweight construction is already core element of the carmaker’s DNA.
Additionally, Jaguar is at the frontline of aluminum technology in the auto industry. Such is evidence by Jaguar models like the XJ, XK and F-Type -- all of which have been developed using exceptionally stiff bonded and riveted aluminum structures.
Following their lead is the new Jaguar XE, which is now considered as the most fuel-efficient Jaguar yet. While the Jaguar XE is already an awesome-looking aluminum-intensive machine, it features a structure that delivers outstanding torsional stiffness.
The model’s light yet strong architecture makes use of advanced suspension systems for unmatched levels of ride quality, handling and steering. Material-wise, the Jaguar XE is the first car in the world that uses a new grade of high strength aluminum called RC 5754.
Developed specially for the model, RC 5754 features a high level of recycled material and represents a step further to achieving Jaguar's goal of using 75 percent recycled material by 2020. Mark White, Jaguar's Chief Technical Specialist, remarked that with over 75 percent of its body made of aluminum, the Jaguar XE beats other cars in its class in the usage of the material.
He noted that the use of aluminum allowed them at Jaguar to create body structure with unmatched low weight. He added that while the XE’s body is so light, it is immensely strong with extremely high levels of torsional stiffness.
White also sai d that they made sure that XE’s body structure exceeds all global safety standards without compromising vehicle design or refinement. The Jaguar XE is designed and engineered in the United Kingdom.
It will be the first Jaguar to be produced at the carmaker’s new purpose-built production facility at Solihull site in the West Midlands. Jaguar will unveil the new XE to the world in London on September 8.