Citroen plan to bring back a unique suspension system in 2017, reports Autocar.
“Comfort is a core value of the Citroen brand, and this is our way to recreate the benefits of the hydropneumatic set-up in a more modern, more appropriate way,” said Citroen CEO, Linda Jackson in Autocar.
This is rather heartening news. The report says that Citroen have been working in this for some time but no details were provided on what it might be. The system is going to prioritize comfort rather than handling. This is rather welcome news for any of us who feel Citroen has lost its way in providing technology that matches the brand’s new styling direction which Automotive News reported recently would emphasise ‘quirkiness’.
Without a USP that styling character would have been entirely empty. It is also refreshing that they are admitting ride comfort is the priority. There are plenty of cars that claim to provide sporty handling at the expense of comfort. These days, with traffic and speed limits making speed and handling something of pointless set of attributes, Citroen might be on to something new and old at the same time.
The news is also an antidote to the uninspiring fact that with the end of C5 production imminent the hydropneumatic suspension system will be consigned to the history books. I have argued that there are a few other systems which could allow Citroen to retain its comfort bias and give it a special character in keeping with its core values. I have suggested magneto-rheological suspension – whether this is what Citroen will use is not clear at this point. It will be genuinely interesting to see what it might be.
The same report also mentions that the DS brand will not use this system which is a bit odd. And it is also explained that Citroen will reduce its model range from 15 cars while also planning for increased volume. Which cars will not be replaced? Will we see a C/D class car to replace the C5?