Will the Jaguar XE be a Lighter, Better 3 Series?
We’ll start out by saying this – we love BMWs 3 Series sedan. The 3-Series offers the perfect balance between luxury and performance. But if the recent hoopla surrounding the Jaguar XE is correct, the baby Jag might just be a bit more…um…perfect. The latest info-dump from Jaguar sets the spotlight on the XE’s copious use of aluminum, which Jaguar isn’t coy about mentioning accounts for over 75 percent of the sedan’s monocoque structure. Bonded and riveted together, the XE’s lightweight body should effectively make it the lightest car in the compact luxury segment, so we think, but also one of the greenest – for two reasons.
The sports sedan employs a new high-strength aluminum alloy dubbed RC5754, which contains a high proportion of recycled material, meaning all that weight-saving and torsional rigidity is actually good for the environment.
Paired with the company’s new Ingenium four-cylinder turbodiesel engine (which we probably won’t get in the US), the Jaguar XE is pegged to return a stratospheric 75 mpg on the EU combined cycle as well.
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However, dethroning the 3-Series isn’t a battle of MPG’s, it’s a battle of MPH’s, and the XE shouldn’t fall short there. Jaguar has previously revealed that the more powerful engines from the four-cylinder Ingenium series can post top speeds in the 186-mph range. That’s a fast four.
Couple that speed with suspension components derived from the F-Type, precise electronic steering, and a traction-control system developed by Land Rover – the featherweight XE should punch well above its weight class. Stay tuned for its world reveal on September 8th.
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