Jaguar’s lightest most fuel efficient XE

Jaguar’s lightest most fuel efficient XE

The new Jaguar XE to be unveiled in September will bring new levels of aluminium-intensive lightweight construction as well as a fuel economy of less than 4 litres/100km on EU combined cycle.

Jaguar believes the all new modular architecture developed around Jaguar’s fifth-generation bonded and riveted aluminium technology makes it the lightest Jaguar ever. The new aluminium alloy known as ‘RC5754’ uses highly recycled aluminium to reduce energy consumption and lifecycle CO2.

The XE is the only car in the class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque, with lightweight aluminium accounting for 75% of the structure. The Jaguar XJ, XK and F-Type have all been developed using stiff bonded and riveted aluminium structures: now the XE becomes the latest model to use this aerospace-inspired technology.

Jaguar has confirmed that XE will come with the F-type’s supercharged V6 engine. But the sports sedan is also expected to spawn an SVR variant from its new special-operations department.

Rumoured to use the F-type’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, the XE SVR could deliver an output of about 500PS/600Nm, which should be good to take on the BMW M3 sedan and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG.

The world premiere of the new Jaguar XE will be held in London on September 8.

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