SsangYong is targeting small business owner-drivers with its new Musso pickup, which claims SUV-derived refinement and equipment levels in addition to the outgoing model’s capacity and pulling power.
Launching this summer, the Musso shares its platform with the Rexton large SUV; it’s a body-on-frame construction, with a single, five-seat, crew cab body, and comes backed by a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty. The aim is to broaden the customer base beyond its utilitarian predecessor.
So SsangYong is majoring on equipment; all except the entry-level version get a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, most have heated front seats, while the range-topping version includes 20-inch alloy wheels, Nappa leather and on-board Wi-Fi.
From launch, it gets a 179bhp, 310lb/ft 2.2-litre diesel engine as used in the Rexton, paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. This is paired with a part-time four-wheel drive system, and high and low ratios for off-road use. Equally important, it can tow up to 3.5 tonnes, with a maximum load weight of one tonne and a deck capable of holding a Euro pallet.
Prices and UK specification will be confirmed closer to the launch.