Citroen DS5 to get revised suspension
The DS5 was launched earlier this year as the range-topping model in Citroen's fashion-led DS range. Certain elements of the car, including its cabin and refinement, impressed us, but we found the car's ride quality to be too harsh – and out of tune with its plush cabin and Citroen’s historical reputation for comfort.
Highly placed Citroen sources have revealed plans to change the car’s suspension. Thomas d’Haussy, Citroen product boss, said: 'We are working on a new set-up for the DS5. We studied the reaction at the launch with interest, and we can see why some people would not find it what they would expect from a large Citroen.'
What Car? understands that the changes will be restricted to tuning only, rather than a more comprehensive change to the architecture or design. This should speed up the process, and enable Citroen to introduce the changes before the DS5’s mid-life face-lift, which is planned 2015 at the earliest.
Around 27,000 DS5s will be sold globally this year; which is a little short of Citroen’s sales projection of 30,000, but the firm says it is satisfied with the figure because some markets didn’t launch the car until the spring.
In the meantime, Citroen is also preparing a further set-up of the DS5 for China, where it will soon be manufactured in a new factory in Shenzhen.
By John McIlroy