Jaguar has revealed its new XE compact saloon will be its most fuel-efficient model yet, achieving a combined economy figure of 75mpg.
The latest announcement is part of a drip feed of detail on the compact saloon in the run-up to its official unveiling in London on September 8.
One of the key features of the XE - which is set to rival the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class - is its lightweight aluminium structure, which will contribute much to both its fuel efficiency and driving dynamics.
Jaguar have pledged the XE will "redefine the standard in its segment".
Designed around Jaguar's new modular vehicle architecture, the XE is the only car in the class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque, with the lightweight metal accounting for 75 per cent of the structure.
Its development represents the pinnacle of Jaguar's extensive use of aluminium to date, after the Midland car-maker pioneering it on cars like the XJ, XK and F-Type.
They have all been developed using exceptionally stiff bonded and riveted aluminium structures, with the XE becoming the latest model to use the aerospace-inspired technology.
The weight reduction ensures the XE is the most fuel-efficient Jaguar yet with fuel consumption on the combined cycle of over 75mpg and CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km.
Dr Mark White, Jaguar's chief technical specialist, body complete, said: "The Jaguar XE body uses over 75 per cent 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.
"We've made sure our aluminium-intensive body structure exceeds all global safety standards without compromising on vehicle design or refinement."
The XE also utilises a new grade of high strength aluminium called RC 5754, which has been developed specifically for the car.
This new alloy features a high level of recycled material, contributing to Jaguar’s goal of using 75 per cent recycled material by 2020.
Designed and engineered in the UK, the XE will be the first Jaguar to be manufactured at a new purpose-built production facility at the company's Solihull plant.
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