New chassis bonding and memory foam seats will also create a more comfortable ride.

The Citroën Advanced Comfort project is our first good look at the French brand’s many promises of introducing a revolutionary new suspension design. That’s a big pledge because the company has a legacy of smooth driving from its famously comfy hydropneumatic setup. This new suite of technology comprises over 30 patents, and the company packages them all into a prototype C4 Picasso in an effort to show off what’s possible for future vehicles. Citroën plans to gradually introduce these innovations throughout the lineup, starting as soon as 2017.

The biggest innovation here is the brand’s new suspension technology. This solution takes a traditional shock and spring but then adds hydraulic stops to control rebound and compression. During regular driving, this system allows for a softer tune from the coilovers because the firmer cushions are able to handle more extreme forces. Citroën claims the system is so smooth that it’s like a “flying carpet.”

Even with Citroën’s new suspension design, bumps in the road still transfer some energy to the chassis, but the company uses a new structural bonding technique that blends adhesive and welding when attaching chassis components. The result is a 20 percent increase in stiffness, which means less vibration in the cabin.

The final innovation on Citroën Advanced Comfort’s prototype takes inspiration from mattresses to increase occupant comfort and further reduce the vibrations people might feel. The company combines several foams to create memory seats that adapt to each person’s shape.

This tech should make the next long road trip a lot more comfortable when it begins to debut. After coming to Citroën, look for it in DS-branded models in 2018

Source: Citroën

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