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2016 Jaguar XE Sedan advances chassis technology

By Bob Nagy on July 15, 2014 4:25 PM
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Prior to the official Sept. 8th unveiling of the all-new 2016 Jaguar XE at a star-studded event in London, the British automaker is revealing the premium compact sport sedan's technical features in a series of four "beneath the skin" briefings, one of which focuses on the car's unique chassis technology. Mike Cross, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integrity, sees the XE's combination of lightweight structure and precision suspension tuning as setting a new benchmark for the breed, noting: "We are on target to deliver a vehicle that dynamically outperforms our rivals." 

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Aluminum components

Like the car's core structure and new Ingenium engines, the XE's suspension is primarily lightweight aluminum. It matches a front double-wishbone derived from the F-Type with an all-new integral link rear setup that offers superior lateral and longitudinal stiffness compared to a conventional multilink configuration. Jaguar says that built-in edge will ensure sharper response to driver input while maintaining a supple, refined ride. The XE also will be the first Jag fitted with a new generation of the automaker's Electric Power Assisted Steering that delivers better overall feel and is more capable of full integration with various Drive Control and Active Safety features. 

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Last but far from least, the new Jaguar XE will debut All Surface Progress Control. Developed by Jaguar Land Rover using knowledge garnered from decades of off-roading experience, this unique form of ultimate traction assist operates like a low-speed cruise control system. It reportedly can optimize available grip in the most extreme surface conditions to effectively stabilize the vehicle without skidding -- and without requiring the driver to touch any pedals. We'll have more updates as they break.

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