Face-lifted SsangYong pick-up on sale 01 | 10 | 2021

    SSANGYONG HAS LAUNCHED an updated version of its Musso pick-up truck as it bids to remain competitive with the like son the best-selling Ford Ranger, and the Toyota Hilux. Prices for the revised Musso start at £23,495 (excl VAT).

    The majority of the upgrades are cosmetic, and include a slatted chrome radiator grille, a new front bumper with upright fog lamps, and a selection of new 18in alloys for the top-end Saracen model. (Related: SsangYong boost for Scots project)

    Power comes from the same 178bhp turbocharged 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine as found in the outgoing model. It delivers 420Nm of torque. According to SsangYong, that makes the Musso capable of covering 0-62mph in 11.3secs when mated to the standard six-speed manual gearbox. That rises to 11.9s for the optional six-speed auto ‘box.

    Worth highlighting the Musso is capable of towing a 3.5-tonne trailer while carrying a one tonne payload in the bed. Unladen, it’s quoted a returning up to 29.5mpg on the WLTP cycle; that’s aided by an adaptive four-wheel drive system that only feeds power to the front wheels when it detects a loss of traction. (Related: Toyota Hilux pick-up gains hardcore AT35)


    Available in four trim-levels — called EX, Rebel, Saracen and Rhino — the entry-model gets a DAB radio, bluetooth, electric windows, air conditioning, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps and 17in alloys as standard. (Related: New 2020 Toyota Hilux)

    The mid-range Rebel trim adds heated and ventilated front seats, a heated leather steering wheel, an eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus new LED front fog lamps, roof rails and side steps, plus model-specific graphics. Prices start at £27,495 (excl VAT).


    Priced from £30,495 (excl VAT),the Musso Saracen gains a number of additional premium styling feature as standard. These include rear privacy, LED daytime running lights, a black exterior styling pack, and the previously mentioned  new-look 18in alloys.  Buyers also benefit from more driver assistance technology, including lane change assist, blind spot detection, ront and rear parking sensors, plus cruise control. (Related: Next-gen Isuzu D-Max pick-up truck)

    Inside the cabin there’s a 9.2-inch infotainment system with TomTom navigation, electrically adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, nappa leather upholstery, a redesigned instrument cluster and dual-zone climate control.


    The range-topping Rhino, which starts at £31,495 (excl VAT) is the only model in the pick-up’s range available in long-bed form; this adds an extra 310mm of space to the rear tray. Standard kit includes a six-speed automatic gearbox, in addition to 17in alloys wrapped in knobbly off-road tyres and the ubiquitous “Rhino” graphics.

    Related: Ford's limited edition Ranger Thunder

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    Jim McGill

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