Volvo XC40 to feature electronic suspension


Tenneco has announced that the all-new 2018 Volvo XC40 compact crossover SUV will feature CVSAe adaptive suspension technology from its Monroe Intelligent Suspension range. The system, which is also fitted to Volvo’s XC60 mid-size and XC90 full-size SUV models, is intended to continuously sense road and driving conditions and independently adjust damping levels in real-time to optimize comfort and handling.

So what will be going on under the XC40? Each electronically controlled shock absorber is connected to a central ECU, which can realign damping settings every 10 milliseconds based on sensor inputs that monitor wheel assembly acceleration, body displacement and steering angle. An externally mounted electronic valve connects to the vehicle’s driving mode control, giving drivers the ability to select damping settings that fit their needs.

“Drivers today expect higher levels of comfort and performance from their vehicles, as well as a differentiated driving experience,” said Neville Rudd, senior vice president, Tenneco Global Ride Control. “CVSAe offers a highly tunable suspension solution that delivers optimal control, comfort and road-holding capabilities under a variety of driving conditions.”

Volvo XC40

The 2018 Volvo XC40

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