Jaguar's New 2016 XE Features Frame Structure with 75% AluminumJaguar has just released first photos of the new 2016 XE, based on their Advanced Aluminum Architecture and aimed at the Audi A4/BMW 3-series market. Slated for an official introduction in London on September 8, 2014, the XE's body features an aluminum-intensive monocoque, with aluminum accounting for 75% of the structure. This "far exceeds any other car in its class," according to Dr. Mark White, Jaguar's Chief Technical Specialist, Body Complete, and "gives us a body structure with unrivalled low weight; it's light but also immensely strong, with extremely high levels of torsional stiffness."
The Jaguar XE will employ a new high strength aluminum alloy, with high recycled content, in keeping with Jaguar's announced goal of using 75% recycled material by 2020.
Jaguar, and sister company Land Rover, have been a leaders in introducing aluminum vehicle architecture and in developing advanced aluminum-based auto assembly processes. The 2014 Range Rover Sport recorded a 17% weight reduction and 25% improvement in fuel efficiency compared to the previous model, due to extensive use of aluminum.
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And, for more on aluminum use in the new Jaguar F-Type and Land Rover's Range Rover Sport, visit our Home Page Features archives.
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