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Tenneco’s suspension technology to feature on new BMW 3 Series

ABR Staff Writer Published 01 April 2016

Automotive component maker Tenneco will deliver its Monroe intelligent suspension to the new BMW 3 Series, adding another major automaker to its growing list of customers.


Tenneco's product will feature in the new BMW 3 series as part of the Adaptive M Suspension option offered for the vehicles.

The suspension technology can react to varying road conditions within milliseconds to make the ride adaptive to the driver's preference.

The continuously variable semi-active ( CVSAe) dampers in the Adaptive M Suspension system will assist in maintaining a balance on uneven roads and handle terrain vibrations in the comfort setting, according to BMW Group.

While tighter damper settings in the sport setting allows a dynamic ride, the sport plus setting enables drivers to master tight, precise turns and higher cornering speeds. Drivers can change the settings by pressing the control button.

An on board computer adjust the dampers in real time after receiving data from the sensors on the CVSAe dampers. The sensors send the data about the condition of the road and the driving situation.

Tenneco senior vice president, Ride Performance Enrique Orta said: "Tenneco is excited that Monroe Intelligent Suspension has been selected as an option on the new generation BMW 3 Series model, as this is the first compact luxury sports sedan in its category to offer our advanced semi-active technology."

Tenneco supplies CVSAe dampers to BMW for its 1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series and X3 models.

Besides, the company said Japanese luxury brand Infiniti has chosen to include CVSAe technology in its on its 2016 Q50 sedan and all-new Q60 coupe, as part of the vehicle's Dynamic Digital Suspension system (DSS).

The Infiniti DSS system allows drivers to adjust their ride by selecting comfort, sport or sport plus driving modes.

Orta said: "Our Monroe Intelligent Suspension portfolio continues to gain traction with the world's vehicle manufacturers with a full range of electronic technology options."

Image: Kinetic Suspension Systems Photo courtesy: Tenneco