SsangYong has announced a facelift for its long-running Musso pick-up - its first overhaul since 2018.
And just because the Musso represents excellent value, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a one-trick pony.
Korean firm SsangYong has been making major inroads into the UK marketplace for a good few years now. In fact, the Musso has scooped the 4x4 Magazine’s ‘Best Value’ award for the last three years.
Now some clever tweaks to the Musso ensure that it’s as stylish as it is sturdy and should set it up for plenty more success in the future.
A SsangYong spokesperson tells us:
“Being robust and workman-like is no longer enough for pick-up trucks, with customers looking for a working vehicle that also looks good. The new exterior design of the Musso gives the vehicle a bold and muscular stance and adopts the purposeful front-end design of all new SsangYong vehicles.”
So, as well as a 1-tonne payload and the ability to also tow 3.5 tonnes, lease customers can also enjoy an enlarged new front end with a chrome radiator grille and more muscular ‘shoulders’.
One of the largest cabin interiors in its class means there’s room for five fully grown passengers, while all models also feature a DAB radio, full phone connectivity, either a 8.0” screen or a 9.2” screen, depending on the trim level.
Cruise control and an air-conditioning system with fine dust filters also come as standard, too.
One of the Musso’s big selling points is its dependable 4x4 prowess. Power is delivered permanently to the rear wheels, but you can bring the front wheels to the party at the flick of a switch when needed, ensuring you save money on your fuel bill. High and low ratios are available as on and off-road conditions demand. The system includes hill descent control and hill start assist to provide optimum grip, traction, and safety.
The Musso is powered by a hardy ‘e-XDi220‘ diesel engine that delivers maximum power of 181ps at 3,800rpm and maximum torque of 420Nm at 1,600 to 2,600rpm. You can expect fuel economy of around 30 mpg.
Meanwhile there are four trim levels to choose from – the entry-level EX, mid-spec Rebel and the high-spec Saracen in a short-bed model, as well as the top-spec Rhino, which comes as a long bed variant only.
The Musso EX is aimed at those who need a ‘truck that is built for a hard day’s work at an unbeatable price’ while the Musso Rebel adds goodies like roof rails, Google CarPlay and Android Auto, a rear-view reversing camera, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated leather steering wheel and Rebel graphics.
The Musso Saracen gets a moody black exterior pack, 18-inch black alloy wheels, nappa leather seats, power adjustable drivers and front passenger seats, heated rear seats, dual zone automatic climate control, a 9.2” screen with TomTom navigation, front and rear parking sensors, black and silver side steps and Saracen graphics.
And the top-rung Musso Rhino features chunkier tyres, dark tinted rear privacy glass, a new instrument panel, LED front fog lights and Rhino graphics.
Kevin Griffin, managing director of SsangYong Motor UK, said:
“Back in 2018, SsangYong set new standards for a value-priced pick-up, with the launch of a new Musso. Now the updated 21-model year Musso has a striking new front grille and further enhancements across the range, particularly to the Saracen, and is further evidence of the brand’s change in design direction and re-generation. The Musso is great value for money and is extremely well equipped. It has a distinctive look, and like all SsangYong models offers an array of advanced safety and infotainment technologies.”
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