Jaguar's upcoming BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class fighter that we've seen testing wearing a modified XF body is poised to use a lot of aluminum in its construction. Edmunds reports that the entry-level luxury sedan, long rumored to be called XS (or perhaps the Q-Type, according to Edmunds), will have an all-aluminum monocoque body structure, similar to the XJ, to save weight. Edmunds also reports that it will go on sale in 2014 as a 2015 model. Automotive News has a different story, and reports that a range of all-aluminum entry-level Jaguars, including the XS, a wagon and a crossover, will hit the market in 2015.

The XS will replace the long-dead X-Type, finally giving Jaguar a product in the highly competitive luxury compact sedan segment. As we've reported before, the new Jaguar is expected to be offered in the US initially with turbocharged four- and supercharged six-cylinder engines, although we have seen a diesel version testing.

In addition to the aluminum Jaguars, Jaguar Land Rover has reportedly stated that it plans to use aluminum monocoques for all upcoming Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, and that it will invest 2.75 billion pounds ($4.22 billion) on new products and production facilities each year for the next four years.


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      Carmaker1
      • 1 Year Ago
      This autumn when I begin at Whitley, I'll hopefully get a good look at it and next XF (X260). The last I heard while in Birmingham, is that the "XS" (X760) design is production-ready(i.e. frozen) and was chosen last December. At the moment, X760 components are being tested internally at Whitley and suppliers are preparing prototype parts, so in the meantime you will be seeing these shortened XF-body mules running until the X760 body is ready to be road-tested. BTW, it is not 100% guaranteed that the final name is "XS".
        kinglewuk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carmaker1
        Hi Carmaker1, just a bit of advice. If you can, please remove your comment from this site. As informative as it is, some of the information is confidential and if someone in JLR HR sees this you may not be starting at Whitley this autumn. There are strict company guidelines referring to privileged information, any breach of these guidelines are dealt with pretty severely.
      me
      • 1 Year Ago
      A lot of people who never owned an type talk alot of trash about but it's a decent car. It depends on what your looking for. It's quick enough for the pre 300hp era. The awd is responsible for me never spinning out in snow in nj, well that and continental dws tires. The interior w nav aged ok. With the 19s I have and the sport version (black on black) it looks better than the c class a4 and 3series of the early to mid 00s
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @me
        To be fair: it is a decent car, but not a successful Jaguar.
      Hernan
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a Jag: "aluminium"
      jnppers
      • 1 Year Ago
      looks good to me as i own a great 2003 s-type that is going to need to be replaced before long---although they might want to rethink the XS name....EXCESS, lol???
      James G. Banks
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aluminum is old school and expensive. There are lighter and stronger hybrid metals that are cheaper. Instead of worrying about what the body panels are made of, use your brains and come up with a totally green power supply. Tesla did it in the U.S. but the U.S. government got greedy. Jaguar is not in the U.S. so use Tesla's idea and do it. What are the "big" 3 in the U.S. going to do? Cry to Obamination. Jaguar would be the perfect platform to use a capcitive charge derived from the electro-magnetic lines of the biggest magnetic motor on our planet, the planet itself. With no battery pack to weigh it down and hybrid lightweight metals and ceramics used for the motor, Jaguar could have a lightweight platform with no fuel cell weight and a full power/full torque acceleration unparalleled by any. Talk about stealthy speed.
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James G. Banks
        A nice Prius will suit you well: but not a Jaguar.
        Nick Allain
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James G. Banks
        You would never buy a Jaguar anyways so I don't expect you to understand it. You're commenting on the wrong blog if you want the makers of a glorious sound v8/v6 to give it all up for a powertrain that has
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really have high hopes for this Jag and I think the segment is ripe for a major splash. The benchmark of the segment, the 3 series, seems to be gaining in weight and size and a more lightweight, nimble offering may be just what this Jaguar provides. Jag could out 3 series the 3 series.
        thenewrick
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan
        The 3 series has been losing weight actually and the body is only about .5% larger with about 5% increase of interior space and cargo room
          Turbotommes
          • 1 Year Ago
          @thenewrick
          @thenewrick Apples and Oranges - you are comparing the two door versions (old 3 series 2 door vs. new 4 series), TXdesign the 4 door versions. The old coupe is longer than the old 4 door, so the increase between the coupes will be less if the new coupe is about the length of the new 4 door.
          thenewrick
          • 1 Year Ago
          @thenewrick
          Nope, Autoblog actually has an article just posted today about the new 4 series if you'll go to their main page and scroll down a little. "Despite riding on the same 110.6-inch wheelbase, the 4 Series coupe's overall length of 182.5 inches is identical to that of the four-door 3 Series, representing a 0.6-inch stretch over the outgoing 335i coupe." .6/182.5 is .33% and the other dimension raise that a tad to about .5%
          Txdesign
          • 1 Year Ago
          @thenewrick
          The new car id 5 1/2" longer than the previous one. I'd call that a pretty substantial increase. As a matter of fact every I see an F30 I initially think 5-series.
          Txdesign
          • 1 Year Ago
          @thenewrick
          Sorry, I was comparing the current 3-series to the previous generation, not the 4-series coupe to the current 3er.
          poopoohead100
          • 1 Year Ago
          @thenewrick
          The F32 is 0.6" longer than the E92, but the F30 is about 4" longer than the E90.
      thenewrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Turbo-4's and lightweight materials make me happy. There are certainly replacements for displacement :D
      drakkusshadows
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's really safe. Riding around with the same protection as a soda can.
        El Timbo Libre
        • 1 Year Ago
        @drakkusshadows
        Audi and Jag have made thousands of fall-aluminium bodies before, and all have passed the highest crash standards. Do you feel safer in a car with the same protection as a tin of soup?
      SKINNYwithNOfood
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 3 series shouldn't even be the benchmark anymore. The ATS, the new IS and the upcoming Q50 has and will surpass the 3 series.
        me
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SKINNYwithNOfood
        That's not true... Why does everyone think this way. Why is it cool for the new kids to be better. I don't like BMW currently and have never owned one (have driven a few) but they are on top for a reason. To put it short they do their homework. They have been at this the longest... Why shouldn't they be the best at the sport sedan. What is this idea that the new guy gets the to win. Why does coming in the game late and coping the winner resonate with so many people? I just don't get it. It's the same with Toyota people were excited that they weren't the number on brand... But no one stopped to think that maybe they deserved to be in that position....think of this if BMW had gone bankrupt none of these cars you mentioned would exist or be half as good, but the other way around BMW would still drive really well
        Porsche4life
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SKINNYwithNOfood
        Ya right
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      according to reports the next Audi A4 will have an aluminum structure as well.
      Bobby_Sards
      • 1 Year Ago
      if the sedan looks anything like the f-type Jaguar is going to flyy
      Andy
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least it is not a re-badged Lincoln, like the X-Type debacle.
        mrandmrsz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andy
        The very pretty X-type platform was based on an AWD version of the European Ford Mondeo. While one of the most elegant of recent Jaguars, people had problems with the provenance. My preference would have been a shortened version of the S-type's DEW98 platform, with 2.5 & 3.0L engines. The S-type shared its platform with the under-appreciated Lincoln LS, and those components live on in the XF, XJ, XK and F-type. Ford's platform was as well-engineered as it has been under appreciated, as your post demonstrates.
        Michael
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andy
        Too bad that one wasn't aluminum...think of how many pop and beer cans we could have gotten from them...almost enough to forget our sorrows. It is a shame I really wanted to like that car when it came out.
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