Citroen CEO, Linda Jackson, has revealed that the automaker is preparing a new comfort-focussed suspension system for launch in 2017.
The smooth riding hydropneumatic suspension system created by Citroen, and first used in 1954, is on its way out, with the current generation C5 the last vehicle in Citroen’s range to make use of the system.
In an interview with UK publication, Autocar, Citroen’s CEO outlined a modern successor to the hydropneumatic system, claiming that it will deliver the ride quality of the old system, but in a more modern way.
Jackson stopped short of giving any technical details except to say that the new system is being developed collaboratively between Citroen’s own engineers and a third-party supplier.
“We have the opportunity to pick new technologies for the future and I am sure this one is best suited to Citroen's core values.” Jackson told Autocar.
The new system could be hydraulic, pneumatic, electromagnetic, or any combination of the three, but at this stage that information is being kept closely guarded.
As for the reach of the new suspension, it is unknown yet whether it will feature across the Citroen range, or only on the brand's larger offerings or high-spec variants. The timing falls roughly into place with the expected launch of the production version of the Aircross, shown top of page.
One place it will not appear is on Citroen’s luxury DS line of vehicles, with the premium brand working on its own suspension solution, according to reports.
Linda Jackson also forecast a growth target of 15 percent for the Citroen brand, which will adopt a value-oriented brand position alongside mainstream Peugeot and upscale DS Automobiles in PSA’s three tier strategy.
Despite that growth, the number of body styles in the Citroen portfolio is set to be halved to around seven models by 2020.
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