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Jaguar XE Goes Green, But Looks Better in Red

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/2/2014 Scott Burgess

Trumpets sounded with near royalty precision as an all-new 2016 Jaguar XE was lifted on a platform and spun around.

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It was quite a lot of fanfare for the global auto show debut for a car that was serenaded by British rock stars three weeks earlier. A worthy welcome, nonetheless for the global midsize sports sedan that Jaguar has dubbed “the most important Jaguar ever.”

Talk about top billing.

© Provided by MotorTrend Really, though, the Jaguar XE is an essential piece to Jaguar’s future in many different ways. It’s a performance sedan that will feature Jaguar’s greener side ranging from its lightweight construction to high-performance engines that could get more than 50 mpg in the U.S. While many people point to its potential performance, much of that comes from the fact that XE is a real green machine.Built upon an all new aluminum platform, the XE will launch as its new midsize global sedan. (In the U.S., however, it will be considered a compact sports sedan when it arrives in 2016.)

© Provided by MotorTrend The rear-wheel-drive sedan (the platform will accommodate an all-wheel-drive variant) comes with one of five engine choices and either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

Diesel options include two different 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engines with two different power outputs (top torque will be around 315 lb-ft) and two different 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engines. Additionally, there will be a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 that promises the most powerful ride with 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. (Executives said that a V-8 could fit under the hood but there were no plans yet to build a V-8 version of the XE.)

But the XE promises more than just Jaguar’s Ingenium engines. It has extensively used aluminum throughout the body, creating an aluminum-intensive monocoque. “The Jaguar XE body uses over 75 percent aluminum content, which far exceeds any other car in its class,” said Mark White, Jaguar’s Chief Technical Specialist.

In every way, Jaguar engineers attempted to lighten the car, whether by adding an aluminum roof, hood or creating front suspension pieces out of hollow aluminum shafts. It also adopted electric power steering and uses a high-performance aluminum differential.

While promising world-class performance (the lightest XE has an exact 50:50 front to rear weight ratio), the XE will also feature a number of innovative firsts such as a pedestrian protection system and a deployable hinge on the hood that will lift it.The XE will also debut Jaguar’s new low-speed traction control system called All Surface Progress Control System developed through Land Rover in off-road conditions.

© Provided by MotorTrend To add just a touch more green street cred to the XE, Jaguar announced how the car uses high-strength aluminum alloy made almost entirely from recycled materials. (There are also a lot of recycled plastics used in other parts of the car, engineers said Thursday.)

Of course, the XE will also feature a luxurious interior with an 8-inch touch screen and a new app that will give owners remote access to their vehicles as well as the ability to operate a suite of apps on their phone through the car’s touchscreen.While every carmaker wants to have some sort of green credibility with its customers, Jaguar has managed to do more than create a green marketing plan with the XE. Literally every aspect of the XE has some ecological consideration given to it. In the automotive world, lighter means more efficient. Possessing the best drag coefficient of any Jaguar ever means a car requires less energy to move at a higher speed. Creating engines with less friction, less parasitic losses and more power with less fuel are all green technologies. Those shades of green are sometimes harder to see and won’t get you an HOV sticker in California.

The XE is a green machine through and through. It just looks better in red.

2016 Jaguar XE Front Three Quarter View 1© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Jaguar XE Front Three Quarter View 1
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