Editor's note: A previous version of this cutaway credited the wrong supplier for the Jaguar XE's electric power steering system.
Materials supplier Novelis plays a key role in the new Jaguar XE’s aluminum-intensive monocoque structure. Novelis engineers and Jaguar developed a lightweight, high-strength aluminum sheet with a thickness of 1.1mm, down from 1.5mm, which helped reduce the car’s weight by 27 percent without sacrificing strength or durability, the automaker said. The new XE is also the most aerodynamic model in the automaker's history, with a drag coefficient of 0.26cd. These aspects help XE variants with the automaker’s new 2.0-liter diesel achieve CO2 emissions as low as 99 grams per kilometer.
Stadco provides major stampings and assemblies to the XE. The UK firm supplies product on every vehicle the automaker manufactures and is JLR’s only volume supplier of skin panels and closure assemblies. Stadco recently upgraded its plant in Shrewsbury, England, so that it can now make 260,000 assemblies a year with 100 percent model mix flexibility. These cells will initially support production for the XE before being extended to four new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.
The XE is the first Jaguar to use an electric power steering system supplied by Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH (formerly ZF Lenksysteme GmbH).
A benefit of Jaguar switching from a traditional hydraulic power steering system to electric is that, according to the company, CO2 emissions are reduced by 3 percent on gasoline models and 2 percent on diesels.
The XE is the first model to be assembled on the automaker’s new modular architecture. Assembly began in December 2014 at Jaguar’s factory in Solihull, central England. Jaguar also will make the XE in China, a company executive told Automotive News Europe. Global XE output is expected to peak at more than 58,000 units in 2018, according to an IHS Automotive forecast.