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Aluminium Jag runs riot on reduced weight

The Jaguar XE is built around an aluminium chassis designed by Jaguar engineers drawing from the manufacturer’s extensive experience with aluminium to reduce weight.

The innovative new Jaguar XE will redefine 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 chassis, with lightweight aluminium accounting for 75% 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. The new Jaguar XE is launched in South Africa and Namibia during September.
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. The XE is the latest model to use this aerospace-inspired technology.
It is also the first car in the world to make use of a new grade of high strength aluminium called RC 5754 which has been developed specifically for the XE.
“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” said Dr Mark White, Jaguar’s Chief Technical Specialist.

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