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Jaguar previews new XE tech

2014-07-15 09:49

NEXT JAGUAR SPORTS CAR: Jaguar’s XE, spotted during testing, will make its debut in September 2014. Image: Automedia

   • Jaguar XE to be launched on September 8 2014
   • F-Type-derived front suspension
   • New electric power steering system
   • World-first All Surface Progress Control system

WHITLEY, England - Jaguar will unveil the latest addition to its sports car family, the XE, on September 8 2014.

Jaguar said its new XE will sport “levels of innovation not seen before in its segment” such as its new aluminium architecture, chassis technology and new family of Ingenium engines.

Unique to its segment, the XE’s integral link suspension delivers major benefits over conventional multi-link designs. According to Jaguar: “By providing lateral and longitudinal stiffness, the integral link delivers sharp response and handling while retaining a refined ride.”

FRONT-SUSPENSION BASED ON F-TYPE

Many components of the suspension have been forged or hollow-cast in aluminium.

Mounted to a subframe with cast aluminium suspension towers, the XE’s double wishbone front-suspension delivers is based on the new F-Type and includes key components designed to deliver Jaguar XFR-levels of “stiffness”.

The XE will be the first Jaguar equipped with the automaker’s latest power assisted steering. According to Jaguar: “Our latest software algorithms now allow much greater scope for tuning than hydraulic-based systems and deliver better quality steering feel.”

Despite traction control, rear-wheel drive cars can struggle to pull away on slippery surfaces. To overcome this, Jaguar developed its all surface progress control (ASPC).

'OUTPERFORMS OUR RIVALS'

The system works much like low-speed cruise control to deliver optimum traction in the most slippery conditions without skidding and without the driver using the pedals.

Jaguar’s chief engineer of vehicle integrity, Mike Cross, said: “Jaguars have always been renowned for a balance of precise handling and a high-quality ride. The XE is the culmination of everything the company has learned over the years.

“The Integral Link rear suspension provides a combination of supple ride and crisp handling that is unmatched in this segment. We are on target to deliver a vehicle that dynamically outperforms our rivals.”

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