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].”