Brett already previewed some of the cool suspension and chassis tuning tech coming to the new Jaguar XE. Now the automaker says the Jaguar XE will make extensive use of lightweight components and aluminum on its way to achieving an expected 75 MPG or more on the EU combined cycle.
The press release from Jaguar said lightweight aluminum comprises more than 75% of the Jaguar XE’s overall structure. Jaguar claims the XE will be the only car in its class to use an “aluminum-intensive” monocoque, offering both a significant weight savings and a stiff, lightweight structure sure to help the Jaguar XE be fun in the twisties — the release opining that it would be “the true driver’s car in the segment.”
Jaguar Chief Technical Specialist Mark White said, “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 unrivaled 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.”
The automaker claims the Jaguar XE will achieve a fuel consumption of 75 MPG on the NEDC combined cycle, which is generally considered more liberal than our EPA fuel economy scoring. In addition, the Jaguar XE reportedly will emit less than 100 grams per kilometer of carbon dioxide, an important consideration in Europe and other countries where that measurement is becoming as important as fuel economy scores.
Interestingly, the release claimed the Jaguar XE is the first automobile in the world to make use of a new grade of high-strength aluminum called RC 5754, which was developed specifically for the XE. According to Jaguar, the alloy features a high level of recycled material, in line with Jaguar’s corporate goal of using 75% recycled material by 2020.