Citroen’s famous hydropneumatic suspension may not be long for this world. The carmaker is now looking to cheaper systems for future models.
A trademark of the Citroen brand since its introduction in the iconic DS of 1955, hydropneumatic suspension allowed for constant self-levelling and a ‘magic carpet’ ride that none of its rivals at the time could match.
The system used pockets of nitrogen upon which the vehicle was effectively suspended.
But modern adjustable suspension can use computer power instead of hydraulic witchcraft to achieve arguably the same result, and at a much lower price.
Therefore, PSA Peugeot Citroen has decided the bottom line is more important than tradition as it looks to cut costs, and will phase out the technology.
This means the current C5 - available in Australia priced from $46,990 plus on-roads - will be the last model to offer hydropneumatic suspension in its present ‘Hydractive 3+’ form.
PSA previously outlined plans to reduce its model range from 45 to 26 variants by 2020, with a view to freeing up its design staff to perform their best work with the simplified line-up.
Future luxury models from the French carmaker will likely offer more conventional suspension setups tuned for ride quality, but Citroen is yet to confirm this.
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