Jaguar has long been a proponent of aluminum construction for automobiles. In fact, the current-generation XJ uses an aluminum-intensive chassis that's held together by loads of epoxy and over 3,000 rivets, which allows the big Jag's underpinnings to achieve a 40 percent weight savings over a similar chassis fashioned from steel. According to the British automaker, the next XJ will feature a chassis that's just as high-tech and lightweight.
What's the big deal with aluminum and light weight? Not only does the car's performance (acceleration, handling and braking) improve as the weight goes down, so do its fuel efficiency and emissions scores. Further, Jaguar says its innovative structure takes less energy to create and is easily recyclable when the time finally comes to remove the vehicle from the road.
The new Leaping Cat will get its formal introduction on July 9. In the meantime, hit the jump to watch a video where a couple of Jaguar employees extol the glories of aluminum.