Jaguar Still Banking On Aluminum For New Model

Jaguar explained its new model, the XE, will rely on aluminum to reduce weight.

The upcoming Jaguar XE has been designed around a new modular vehicle architecture and uses an aluminum-intensive unibody, said Jaguar; lightweight aluminum accounts for 75 percent of the structure.

Lightweight construction is a core element of Jaguar design, said the company, and it believes it is at the forefront of aluminum technology in the automotive industry. The Jaguar XJ, XK and F-TYPE have all been developed using bonded and riveted aluminum structures: now the XE becomes the latest model to use this aerospace-inspired technology.

The Jaguar XE will make use of a new grade of high strength aluminum called RC 5754, said the company; this new alloy features a high level of recycled material and makes a significant contribution toward Jaguar’s goal of using 75 percent recycled material by 2020.

Jaguar added this light and strong architecture will deliver exceptional torsional stiffness, and will incorporate highly advanced suspension systems.

According to Jaguar, the XE will combine outstanding design with benchmark levels of ride and handling – it will be the true driver’s car in the segment.

Designed and engineered in the UK, the XE will be the first Jaguar vehicle to be manufactured at a new purpose-built production facility at the company’s Solihull plant in the West Midlands in the UK.