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by Tim Beissmann

The all-new Jaguar XE will be at least as fuel efficient as the Toyota Prius when its debuts in September.

Jaguar says diesel versions of its forthcoming mid-sized premium model are projected to deliver combined cycle fuel consumption of less than 4.0 litres per 100km.

That figure will see the Jaguar XE at least match the famous Japanese hybrid (3.9L/100km), and more importantly undercut its key German rivals, including the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The sub-4.0L/100km fuel figure is paired with average CO2 emissions of less than 100 grams per kilometre, making the XE the cleanest-emitting Jaguar in history.

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Along with its new turbocharged Ingenium 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine family, Jaguar gives much of the credit for the XE’s efficiency to its lightweight construction. It says the XE will be the only car in its class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque, with the lightweight metal accounting for 75 per cent of its structure.

The Jaguar XE will become the first car in the world to feature a new grade of high-strength aluminium dubbed ‘RC 5754’, which was developed specifically for the new model.

Jaguar chief technical specialist, body complete, Dr Mark White, explained the material was “immensely strong with extremely high levels of torsional stiffness” and ensured the structure “exceeds all global safety standards without compromising on vehicle design or refinement”.

RC 5754 also features a high level of recycled material and is set to make a significant contribution to the brand’s goal of using 75 per cent recycled material by 2020.

Earlier this month, Jaguar claimed the new XE would be “a true driver’s car”, promising “thrilling performance, agile handling and precise, responsive steering, with outstanding levels of refinement”.

It will make its international debut in London on September 8 before going on sale globally in 2015.




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