French manufacturer is working on a suspension solution that could help it eclipse rivals on ride comfort whilst retaining a higher level of dynamics
19 January 2016

An innovative suspension system being developed by the DS brand is likely to appear when the company starts rolling out its next new product range in 2018.

It emerged at last year’s Shanghai motor show that the DS brand is developing a suspension solution that could help it eclipse rivals on ride comfort whilst retaining a higher level of dynamics. This system is not the same as the one under development by sister brand Citroën.

Speaking at the launch of the new DS 3 in Paris, DS product and development boss Eric Apode said: “On which car it is too early to say but we will be launching a specific suspension system, starting with the first models in 2018.”

Company chiefs say the new system will be in keeping with DS’s 60-year history of innovation, and particularly its reputation for delivering cars with high standards of comfort by using radical suspension systems such as the hydropneumatic, self-levelling and variable ground clearance technology pioneered on the original DS.

Apode described the suspension as “high-tech”, but said it would not mark a return of the revered hydropneumatic system: “We think now with the development of electronics, we can do it better [that way].”

His comments elaborate on those made by DS chief executive Yves Bonnefont at the Shanghai motor show last year.

“Technology is opening up opportunities and we are determined to take advantage,” he said. “I cannot talk about specifics, but, yes, there is something sophisticated with the advanced engineering department at the moment that we hope will work with all of our potential platforms.”

Bonnefont also suggested that other advances in technology would be harnessed by DS to make its cars stand out from those of rival premium brands such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes, including in the use of interior materials. “We want to do somethings special in our use of natural materials,” he said. “We have ideas around how to use woods differently and even stone.”

The Divine DS concept car - revealed in 2014 to showcase DS’s future when the brand was split from Citroen - used gold-flecked granite as a surround on the dashboard, and engineers are said to have found a way to use thin layers of the material in cars.

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19 April 2015

Hydropneumatic suspension - Its about time Citroen put more substance into its DS brand. At the moment its all about quirky styling and nothing else.

19 April 2015

Citroen were renowned for their suspension. In a world where luxury cars do not have luxury suspension, recovering that special quality is the best thing Citroen can do to make their DS stand out. Hopefully they will also move away from leather seats meaning luxury. Premium clothing is now often hi-tech and performs much better. Please get what we sit on special as well.

19 April 2015

Jaguar's clever Integral Link suspension is an advancement on the multi-link systems currently out there but there's room for even more improvement. Citroen could and should blaze the way for properly comfortable (yet good handling) suspension systems in the premium car market.

What would be really helpful is for car magazines to prioritise comfort over hard-riding sports set-ups. It's partly their fault that manufacturers have been delivering ever more aggressive cars in recent times, and we simply don't have the roads for it.

20 April 2015
Dark Isle wrote:

What would be really helpful is for car magazines to prioritise comfort over hard-riding sports set-ups. It's partly their fault that manufacturers have been delivering ever more aggressive cars in recent times, and we simply don't have the roads for it.

I couldn't agree more! I also blame designers with their fetish for ultra large wheels with a tyre hardly thicker than an elastic band and with practically no air inside.

Generally, all the correspondence seems to agree that Citroen, or the bit that wants to call itself DS, is really missing a trick in neglecting its hydropneumatic suspension or some development of it.

19 April 2015

It would be great if Citroen could concentrate on a comfort orientated suspension system, it would definitely give the DS brabd the USP it needs. And it doesn't have to be something akin to hydropneumatic, after all, Peugeot used to produce very good results with conventional springs. But they should forget gimmicky features such as granite or stone interiors, thats just naff.

11 May 2015

Active lean?

20 January 2016

Surely they aren't developing TWO suspension systems, one for DS, one for Citroen badged cars, when they share platforms?

1 February 2016

"Company chiefs say the new system will be in keeping with DS’s 60-year history of innovation" - DS is 60 years old? I thought it was a new company.

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