The redesigned version of Jaguar’s flagship vehicle features a lightweight structure and body panels made of aluminium sheet. Jaguar says the aluminium body helps make the XJ at least 150kg lighter than its main rivals, improving performance, handling and economy, while delivering increased strength, refinement and safety.
Jaguar’s commitment to lightweight engineering can also be seen in its intended use of Novelis Fusion a multi-alloy layered aluminium sheet product that Novelis has dubbed ‘The new aluminium.’
Jaguar plans to use the material for its fenders as part of a running change programme that will enable a reduction in panel thickness and weight, providing performance and commercial benefits that are not achievable with conventional aluminium sheet.
It is the combination of core properties and surface characteristics provided by the multi-layer alloy composition of Novelis Fusion that makes this possible.
For Jaguar, lightweighting and minimisation of the amount of materials used are fundamental elements of the company’s approach to sustainability, which focuses on the whole life cycle of the vehicle, including recycling.
Novelis takes back aluminium scrap from Jaguar’s stamping plants and recycles it into new automotive sheet in a closed-loop system through its European plants.