The new 2016 Jaguar XF was presented at this year’s New York International Auto Show, showcasing their emphasis on the use of aluminium. According to the brand, with the launch of the luxury car at the end of the year, all its current and future models are going to feature lightweight aluminium construction.
This new model looks just like a better version of the previous generation. It’s perhaps a bit sleeker and has a few lines on the front which purpose is to draw attention to the LED headlamps and balance out the power bulge. This time, Jaguar managed to produce an XF with a more streamlined, coupé-like profile.
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But the real highlight of the 2016 Jaguar XF is underneath the styling and enamel. With the XF, Jaguar is moving toward a greater emphasis on aluminum construction, which result in weight savings of up to 265 lb (120 kg) compared to the previous model. Built using a two-stage framing process, the aluminum-intensive construction is combined with advanced high-strength steels and magnesium alloys for the front-end carrier and cross-car beam.
Jaguar says that body sides are made of one-piece aluminum pressings of high-strength 6000-series alloy and weigh under 13.2 lbs (6 kg). This makes them 28 percent stiffer than those on the predecessor and does away with the joins. Throughout the luxury car, aluminum alloys, self-piercing rivets, and structural adhesives enhance performance, and aluminum is also used in the bonnet and wings.
The interior of the XF is marked by the instrument panel lavished with veneers, including Gloss Figured Ebony, and textured aluminum trim. Along with extra headroom are fluted Windsor leather seats, and the rear bench has a 40:20:40 split for better cargo loading.
Here’s a video, showing the Jaguar XF, which demonstrates its lightness by crossing the Thames on a wire.