A new diesel engine and revised rear suspension should make the truck a better driver, even if it doesn't look too different.
South Korea’s Ssangyong is keeping its commercial vehicle range fresh in the United Kingdom by introducing the new Musso pickup. The model’s name means rhinoceros in Korean, and it replaces the Korando Sport pickup in the lineup. The company decided on the new moniker because it wanted to avoid confusion between this vehicle and the Korando crossover.
The Musso still looks a lot like the outgoing model, but there’s a new 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine under the hood. The powerplant produces 176 horsepower (131 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters). Customers can choose whether the power gets to the road through a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. All of them come with four-wheel drive.
Regardless of the gearbox, owners can haul 2,315 pounds (1,050 kilograms) of payload in the 22 square foot (2.04 square meter) bed. They can also haul a braked trailer weighing of up to 6,614 pounds (3,000 kilograms).
The Musso also has an upgraded rear suspension that features a multi-link setup and coil springs. The company claims that the changes bring a more car-like ride.
Ssangyong offers the Musso in two trims. The base SE starts at 15,995 pounds ($19,590) before value-added tax. The nicer EX has black 18-inch wheels, roof rails, LED running lights, heated seats with leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and a 7-inch infotainment system. These trucks go for 17,995 pounds ($22,028) before VAT with the manual gearbox or 18,995 pounds ($23,270) with the automatic transmission. The trucks go on sale this month in the U.K.
Ssangyong is keeping its lineup fresh with introductions like this truck and products like the Tivoli XLV. In the near future, the company also reportedly plans to add an electric Korando and convertible Tivoli. All of these new models could give the brand a wide array of choices if it ever actually launches in the United States. According to the latest rumor, this expansion could happen as soon as 2020.