The Jaguar 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; and the reason behind it is simple – aluminium. (Or aluminum if you are reading this in an American accent!)
The Jaguar XE has been designed using Jaguar’s modular vehicle architecture, and can now claim the claim that “the XE is the only car in the class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque, with lightweight aluminium accounting for 75% of the structure”; which means that Jaguar’s reputation as one of the world’s leaders when it comes to producing aluminium vehicles in high volume, and producing them with undoubted quality when it comes to design, ride and handling, is still as high as ever.
By using cutting-edge aluminium technology, Jaguar have ensured that lightweight construction is one of the core elements present when it comes to the DNA of a Jaguar car. All three of the Jaguar XJ, XK and F-Type cars use exceptionally stiff bonded and riveted aluminium in their design structure – and now the Jaguar XE is the latest model to benefit from the technology that was inspired by the aerospace industry.
Dr Mark White, Jaguar’s Chief Technical Specialist, explains more: “The Jaguar XE body uses over 75% aluminium content, which far exceeds any other car in its class. 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 aluminium-intensive body structure exceeds all global safety standards without compromising on vehicle design or refinement.”
So we know that the Jaguar XE is strong and extremely safe to drive, but what else is there to attract us to the car?
It’s a bit of a silly question because it is, after all, a Jaguar, and will look beautiful without the aluminium-intensive body looks – but then you can add in the exceptional torsional stiffness that aluminium adds to it, allowing highly advanced suspension systems to become part of the whole kit and caboodle to help deliver “unparalleled levels of ride quality, handling and steering.”
The Jaguar XE has been designed and engineered in the UK, and is the first car in the world to make use of a new grade of high strength aluminium called RC 5754, a grade especially created and developed for the XE, making use of recycled material to a very high level. (This recycling effort is a giant stride towards Jaguar’s stated goal of using 75% recycled material by 2020.)
And, even better, the new Jaguar, which launches itself in London on September 8th, is being built at a new purpose-built production facility at Jaguar’s Solihull plant in the West Midlands, creating many new jobs here in the UK.
This is the second part of Jaguar’s big XE reveal, the first part of which you can read here)