SsangYong shows off its new pick-up

March 8, 2018

SsangYong is picking up the pace at the Geneva Motor Show with the launch of its new Musso pick-up truck. Entering the fast-growing and highly competitive pick-up segment, the new Musso is a capable multi-purpose vehicle that is generously equipped, offers a sector-leading five-year limitless mileage warranty and is great value for money.

As Korea’s leading and only SUV and 4×4 specialist manufacturer, SsangYong is committed to refreshing its entire product portfolio, and recently completed its SUV model line-up by launching its all-new flagship model – the Rexton.

Now, just a few months later it is launching this new pick-up. The Musso pick-up (Musso means rhinoceros in Korean) takes its strong, tough and powerful image from the SUV of the same name employed by the brand since the 1990s.

Built on the same architecture as the new Rexton, Musso shares its body-on-frame construction to give an extremely strong vehicle that delivers excellent off-road driving performance and safety from its quad-frame and four-wheel-drive system.

Designed to carry passengers in comfort and loads securely, Musso combines a five-seat crew-cab body style with a workman-like load deck that will transport a full-sized Euro pallet. Although UK specifications have not yet been confirmed, the Musso is capable of carrying loads weighing more than a tonne and pulling trailers of up to 3.5 tonnes. This combination of utility pick-up and SUV means Musso offers the perfect blend of functionality, practicality, performance and comfort to the driver and family or workmates.

The vehicle is powered by a 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine manufactured by SsangYong, which delivers maximum power of 178bhp and 310lbft of torque (automatic). This highly efficient, quiet and proven e-XDi220 engine delivers progressive acceleration from a standing start, and strong low-end torque typical of SsangYong power units. Transmission is either a 6-speed manual, or Aisin 6-speed automatic as used by several other marques for its smooth gear changing and durability.

The car’s four-wheel drive system draws on SsangYong’s years of experience in all-wheel-drive technology. For better efficiency and greater fuel economy, it features part time 4×4 with power delivered permanently to the rear wheels, and front wheel drive dialled in electronically as required, with high and low ratios available as on and off-road conditions demand.

The noise, vibration and harshness levels on new Musso are excellent, the result of its eight body mounts and polyester wheel-arch linings, and reduced road noise so passengers can travel in comfort. The engine bay also includes better sealing to improve sound, dust and waterproofing, while the fitment of larger rubber engine mounts helps reduce engine noise and vibration. The amount of wind noise is also reduced thanks to detailing such as fourfold door sealing and aerodynamically designed wiper blades.

Inside, Musso offers excellent levels of comfort and space for all occupants. It is also generously equipped with Nappa leather seats on the top of the range model. DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity feature across the range, while all but the entry level model feature a state-of-the-art infotainment system that includes an eight-inch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Wi-Fi mirroring.

New Musso will be launched in the UK this summer.

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