Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.'s XE sedan
NEW YORK Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. will use a new lightweight aluminum alloy on its 2016 Jaguar XE, a new compact premium sports sedan.
The alloy, RC5754, was developed exclusively for Jaguar by Atlanta-based Novelis Inc. RC5754 is a high-recycled-content variation of the standard 5754, a high-magnesium-content alloy typically used for structural applications, with equivalent properties to the standard 5754 alloy.
Jaguar expects lightweight aluminum alloys to account for 75 percent of the XEs monocoque, the highest of any vehicle in its class.
Novelis will continue to serve as an "active partner for the XE," a Novelis spokesman told AMM, adding that the company is the sole supplier of aluminum for body-in-white applications across Jaguar Land Rovers entire portfolio.
The XE also will utilize advanced aluminum architecture technology, developed to optimize material usage and improve torsion and rigidity. The technology, which utilizes new modular architecture developed around bonding and riveting elements, was first showcased on Jaguars C-X17, a sport crossover concept vehicle that debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2013.
"Lightweight construction is a core element of Jaguar design, and Jaguar is at the forefront of aluminum technology in the automotive industry," Jaguar said. "The Jaguar XJ, XK and F-Type have all been developed using exceptionally stiff bonded and riveted aluminum structures. Now the XE becomes the latest model to use this aerospace-inspired technology."
The XE, which will be designed and engineered in the United Kingdom, will be the first Jaguar vehicle to be manufactured at a new purpose-built production facility at the companys Solihull plant in the West Midlands, Jaguar said.
Jaguar Land Rover is owned by Mumbai, India-based Tata Motors Ltd.