Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TEN), a global supplier of Ride Performance and Clean Air products and systems, announced today that the all-new 2018 Volvo XC40 compact crossover SUV features Tenneco’s CVSAe adaptive suspension technology from its Monroe® Intelligent Suspension portfolio.
A proven technology that has been launched on more than 40 vehicle models, Tenneco’s CVSAe semi-active suspension technology continuously senses road and driving conditions and independently adjusts damping levels in real-time to provide superior comfort and handling. Each electronically controlled shock absorber connects to a central ECU, which can realign damping settings every 10 milliseconds based on sensor inputs monitoring 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, like other technologies from the Monroe Intelligent Suspension portfolio, offers a highly tunable suspension solution that delivers optimal control, comfort and road-holding capabilities under a variety of driving conditions.”
The XC40 complements Volvo’sXC60 mid-size and XC90 full-size SUV models, both of which also feature Tenneco’s CVSAe suspension system. Tenneco will supply the CVSAe suspension technology for Volvo from its plant in Ermua, Spain.
CVSA2 is a semi-active suspension technology designed around a lightweight damper that features two externally mounted electro-hydraulic valves that independently control rebound and compression damping. The technology allows for a flexible tuning range between minimum and maximum damping levels, which delivers superior comfort, handling and stability. Initially designed for use with high-performance sports cars, the latest generation of CVSA2 technology has been adapted to SUV applications. The CVSA2 corner modules have integrated aluminum yokes and can either be installed with coil springs (like on the G-class) or air springs.
“Our research into consumer preferences coupled with the increasing popularity of our Monroe Intelligent Suspension portfolio, confirms a growing demand for advanced suspension solutions across multiple vehicle segments,” said Martin Hendricks, president, Ride Performance, Tenneco. “One of our most advanced offerings, the latest generation of our CVSA2 technology combines proven road handling benefits, unsurpassed off-road capability and advanced ride comfort tuning capabilities for SUVs.”