Jaguar exec touts XE's fuel efficiency

Mark White: Jaguar Land Rover cut weight from the entire car, not just the body. Photo credit: Greg Horvant:

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The upcoming Jaguar XE small sedan is poised to become the most fuel efficient car Jaguar has ever built, based on fuel economy estimates for the European diesel model, an executive said Monday.

The aluminum-bodied car, which also features a new compact lightweight engine, debuts next spring and will compete with the BMW 3 series, Audi A4, Mercedes CLA and other entry-level luxury sedans.

The diesel version of the XE would likely to get around 40 mpg or so in the United States if it is offered here. The figure is based on ratings developed in Europe under a different test cycle.

Jaguar Land Rover cut weight from the entire car, not just the body, Mark White, chief technologist for Jaguar Land Rover’s body engineering said Monday at the 2014 Management Briefing Seminars here. Chassis, suspension and drivetrains are also areas where JLR engineers reduced weight on the XE.

The Jaguar XE arrives in the U.S. next spring.

JLR is about to start production on its new line of Ingenium engines. The new engines will replace engines bought from former parent Ford Motor Co. Ford sold Jaguar and Land to India’s Tata Motors in 2008.

The Ingenium engines, both gasoline and diesel, share a common architecture and weigh as much as 176 pounds less than the larger engines they replace. Ingenium engines will be turbocharged and feature aluminum blocks to save weight, turbochargers, central direct fuel injection and variable valve timing.

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