SsangYong is revealed its newly revised SsangYong Musso pickup range with a revised look ahead of a more extensive technical upgrade due next spring.
Unusually, the Musso range consists of two wheelbases, giving overall lengths of 5,095mm and 5,495mm, both having four-door crewcabs. The extra 400mm length is used to create two load bed lengths. The longer option is 1,610mm, while the shorter one can still accommodate a Euro pallet.
Four trim levels are available, EX, Rebel, Saracen and Rhino. Even the EX version is well equipped, with features including DAB Bluetooth radio with steering wheel controls and manual air conditioning. Higher trim levels add 9.2in infotainment and navigation units, Apple Car Play and automatic dual-zone climate control.
Technically, the SsangYong Musso is powered by a 180hp/420Nm 2,157cc Euro-6 diesel engine, with the choice of manual or automatic six-speed transmissions. The transmission includes switchable four-wheel-drive and a two-speed transfer box. Both lengths have double wishbone front suspension, the short version riding on five-link independent rear suspension, with a conventional leaf spring rear axle on the longer model. The Musso has the ability to tow 3,500kg and carry a 1,000kg load simultaneously.
A high level of safety equipment is available, including rear cross-traffic alert on the top-of-the-range Rhino. All models benefit from a seven-year, 150,000 mile warranty.
SsangYong is taking advantage of the gap in the market left by the withdrawal of Mitsubishi from the UK leaving only the Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max and Toyota Hilux. Not only is it targeting the sales opportunities presented, but is also recruiting former Mitsubishi dealers. It has already signed up 10 and has another 10 in the pipeline. These will extend SsangYong’s UK dealer network from 70 to 90, giving greatly improved coverage across most of the the UK.