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New Beginnings Aluminium Construction in the Next Generation of Jaguar Models

Jaguar in 2016, presented The Next Generation of Jaguar and in this unveiling the models that were revealed were the F-PACE and XE; along with the XJ, F-TYPE and the XF – a classy vehicle that we have as part of our quality fleet at Future Express. All of these vehicles are said to feature advanced aluminium construction that is be able to:

  • Provide lighter weight
  • Contribute towards increased strength and,
  • Improve handling

Let’s explore each of these vehicles and see how Jaguar has improved and transformed each.

Jaguar XF

The second generation Jaguar XF – an option popular to all our business clients – was fully redesigned in 2016. It was re-created to fit the Jaguar design language, with a new bodywork that is sleek and fitting of a coupe-like profile.

The 2016 XF has managed to shed 59kg’s over the outgoing 2015 RWD and 120kg’s over the AWD. One of the best known properties of aluminium is that it is light with a density that is one-third of steel. The move from an all-steel to an aluminium built unibody contributed not only to the overall stiffness of the body, but also to the smoothness and quality of the surface. The hood and front fenders are made using aluminium while the front-end carrier and cross-car beam are cast from even lighter magnesium alloys. Cast magnesium alloys have gained more popularity in recent years due to their ability to maintain high strengths at light weights.

Where stiffness is important and is applied, 5000-series aluminium alloy pressings are used, such as in the underframe reinforcements. Jaguar Land Rover serves as a perfect example of this because it uses RC5754 – a grade made mainly from recycled material. This form of closed-loop recycling also aids in reduction towards overall electricity consumption and therefore lifecycle CO2 emissions.
Chief engineer of Jaguar Vehicle Integrity, Mike Cross, said “The all-new XF has to deliver both driver reward through agility and immediacy of response when it’s called for, and yet great ride composure and comfort too. The light and rigid aluminium intensive architecture of the all-new XF is a key enabler for us delivering those attributes, as it provides an optimal basis for finely tuning the ride and handling characteristics of the car. The result is that the new XF is as satisfying to drive quickly, as it is comfortable to be driven in.”

As Cross has mentioned, Jaguar made it a priority to provide satisfaction by using a two-stage framing process in assembling the structure. This kind of technique allows for joint efficiency through optimized positioning of the rivets. The result of this is increased torsional rigidity of the body which makes the all-new Jaguar up to 28% stiffer than the cars that came before it.

Jaguar XE

This particular Jaguar is a compact sports sedan designed specifically with luxurious interior, streamlined styling, and outstanding ride and handling. The all-new Jaguar XE is the first model designed with the company’s all-new modular architecture in mind and consists of high-strength 6000-series aluminium alloy. As with the Jaguar XF, the XE plays a major role in recycling. It also uses RC 5754 which delivers significant savings in overall CO2 emissions. Jaguar has mentioned that all models that follow suit will also use RC 5754 in order to work towards the goal of using 75 percent recycled material by 2020. The XE has a body structure that contains 45kg’s of recycled plastics and renewable materials and is lightweight in such a way that it uses less energy than traditional spot welding.

“The XE is as strong and light as it could possibly be thanks to exhaustive analysis and by bringing the latest engineering techniques to bear on its design,” said Dr. Mark White, chief technical specialist, Jaguar, Body Complete. “It has been challenging to accomplish but the XE structure is absolutely at the cutting edge of what is achievable today.”

Aluminium has been used widely in the suspension and this has assisted in minimizing weight. The new Jaguar XE has a sophisticated double wishbone front suspension where the aluminium front spindles are light and stiff, forged from cast blanks using a patented production process. The rear suspension consists on an integral link system that delivers lateral and longitudinal stiffness for precise handling and a smooth ride.

Jaguar F-PACE

The Jaguar F-Pace offers an all-encompassing exciting SUV experience. It has unbeatable performance on and off the road and provides versatility that makes it suitable for both daily driving and vacations. The exquisite exterior is luxurious, yet simple. Like with the XF and XE, it has hard plastics used in parts of the interior and aluminium used for the exterior. A single sheet of aluminium forms clean lines of the F-Pace’s bodysides – a factor made easy by Jaguar’s expertise in engineering, designing and manufacturing of vehicles using this lightweight material. One third of this vehicle features Jaguar RC5754 aluminium alloy which comprises of up to 75% recycled material – the largest amount of this lightweight material yet.

“The Lightweight Aluminium Architecture gave us the design freedom to create a car with latent poise – a svelte car with attitude.” said Jaguar’s director of design, Ian Callum. “We designed the all-new F-Pace to be first and foremost a Jaguar. That’s why it has exciting proportions, a dynamic stance, pure surfaces and a beautiful sensuality about it.”

The F-Pace also won World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year at the 2017 World Car Awards in New York. This consists of a jury of 72 motoring journalists from 24 countries and they have agreed that this Jaguar vehicle deserves the titles. F-Pace is the only second car to ever receive both the titles and this latest success increases the global awards count to 34 titles.

Future Express places major emphasis and priority on quality and exclusivity. This is why we have the Jaguar XF Diesel as part of our fleet. Be driven in style to wherever you wish and let us cater to your needs. Reserve Your Booking Now!

See more of what earned the Jaguar F-Pace this honour here.