Jaguar XE promises to net ‘over 75 mpg,’ just not for us [w/video]
With around a month away from its world debut on September 8, Jaguar continues to issue a constant drip of updates about its upcoming XE compact luxury sedan that’s aiming to take on the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. Where the company’s last bit of info focused on the car’s suspension setup, this time Jag’s putting the spotlight on the new model’s modular platform and making some big promises about it, too. How big? Try over 75 miles per gallon big.
That’s the headline figure that Jaguar is claiming for its new sedan, but it’s keeping mum on just what powertrain will realize that figure. Furthermore, that result is on the European test cycle, which is more lenient than America’s EPA testing regime. In any case, when the XE hits the road, Jag says it will be the most efficient vehicle from the company, ever.
That’s thanks in no small part to the aluminum-intensive monocoque chassis underpinning the sedan. It’s constructed from a new grade of the lightweight metal called RC 5754 that uses a high portion of recycled material. “The Jaguar XE body uses over 75-percent aluminum 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,” said Dr. Mark White, Jaguar Chief Technical Specialist; Body Complete.
Considering that the XE is also using some of Jag’s cutting-edge Ingenium family of engines, maintaining a low mass and high efficiency should be easier goals reach. The real question is still how it feels will feel to drive. Europeans get to find out in 2015, but North American buyers will have to remain patient until 2016. Hopefully, it’ll be worth the wait. Scroll down for a video explaining more about the platform and for the full release.
The Jaguar XE brings new levels of aluminium-intensive lightweight construction expertise to the segment
Projected to deliver fuel economy of over 75mpg* (less than 4 litres/100km) on EU combined cycle
The high strength, rigid body enables world class driving dynamics – with supple ride and precise handling
All-new modular architecture developed around Jaguar’s fifth-generation bonded and riveted aluminium technology
New aluminium alloy invented: RC5754 uses highly recycled aluminium to dramatically reduce energy consumption and lifecycle CO2
*subject to certification
The innovative new Jaguar XE redefines the standard in its segment. Designed around Jaguar’s modular vehicle architecture, the XE is the only car in the class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque, with lightweight aluminium accounting for 75 per cent of the structure.
This milestone in body engineering, a product of Jaguar’s world-leading expertise in high-volume production of aluminium vehicles, ensures that the Jaguar XE combines outstanding design with benchmark levels of ride and handling – it will be the true driver’s car in the segment.
Lightweight construction is a core element of Jaguar’s DNA and Jaguar is at the cutting-edge of aluminium technology in the automotive industry. The Jaguar XJ, XK and F-Type have all been developed using exceptionally stiff bonded and riveted aluminium structures: now the XE becomes the latest model to use this aerospace-inspired technology.
The weight reduction realised 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% 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.”
Dr Mark White, Jaguar’s Chief Technical Specialist; Body Complete
The Jaguar XE’s aluminium-intensive body is beautiful to look at, but the structure also delivers exceptional torsional stiffness. The light but strong architecture incorporates highly advanced suspension systems delivering unparalleled levels of ride quality, handling and steering.
The Jaguar XE is also the first car in the world make use of a new grade of high strength aluminium 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 per cent 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 in the UK.
The world premiere of the new Jaguar XE will be held in London on September 8th.
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