Ssangyong upgrades Musso pickup’s suspension

Ssangyong has tweaked the suspension and tyre choices on its Musso pickup in a bid to improve the previously jittery back end which meant it was best driven with a load-bed full of sand.

Changes include re-engineered rear springs with a softer unladen rate, plus an extra higher-rate linear helper spring to handle the load with a full rear deck.

We tried out the tweaked version and it seemed to be a marginal improvement on the model that featured in our Country Car test alongside the Mercedes X-Class and Fiat Fullback in the 18 January issue of Farmers Weekly.

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The South Korean maker has also chosen to switch to Continental tyres on 18in wheels as standard (down from 20-inchers wrapped with rubber bands), which has certainly helped to provide more cushioning on uneven road surfaces.

Apparently these changes won’t add to the price of current Musso models and they don’t compromise its 1,095kg payload and 3,500kg towing capacity.

There are also five colour-matched load-bed covers to pick from, with prices starting at a reasonable-sounding £320.

The cheapest ones are soft covers, but there are also three-piece folding units, roll tops and proper hardtops, topping out with a fancy £1,945 unit fitted with roof rails, LED interior light and sliding front window.

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