• It's finally here and it looks bigger and bolder
  • The front end gets chrome embellishment on the grille and sharper headlights
  • There's flat black cladding all the way around and optional 20-inch wheels available
  • The interior is gorgeous and can seat five comfortably
  • It can be had with Nappa Leather and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are optional too
  • an 8.0-inch screen handles all your infotainment needs DAB radio and Bluetooth are standard
  • Under the hood you'll find a 2.2-liter turbodiesel
  • It's the same engine found in the Rexton
  • and it pumps out as much as 310 pound-feet of torque
  • a six-speed manul or automatic is available
  • 4WD comes standard hand features both high and low ratios
  • A real truck, it features body-on-frame construction
  • and offers a 1-ton payload, 3.5-ton towing capacity
  • A standard Euro pallet will fit in the bed
  • and there's even a rear electrical outlet
  • not so bad, huh?

Everything you need, nothing you don’t

The pick-up market seems to be really heating up overseas, and South Korean automaker SsangYong is capitalizing on the growing segment with the introduction of the updated 2018 Musso at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. In case you were unaware, SsangYong has been making 4x4 vehicles for more than six decades, and enjoys its position as South Korea’s only SUV and 4x4 specialist manufacturer. As such, the Musso pick-up joins SsangYong’s new flagship Rexton SUV to bolster it’s rough-and-ready portfolio.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 SsangYong Musso.

2018 SsangYong Musso Exterior

  • Looks bigger and bolder
  • Chrome embellishments on the grille
  • Flat-black lower cladding
  • Sharp headlights
  • Available 20-inch wheels
2018 SsangYong Musso Exterior
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There’s flat black cladding all the way around
and optional 20-inch wheels available
The range-topping trim level comes equipped with appropriately large 20-inch wheels with a chrome finish.

SsangYong says the exterior styling of the Musso was inspired by “the dignified motion of nature,” or more concretely, the company’s latest design language, otherwise known as Nature-born 3 Motion. The aesthetic looks to offer rugged good looks that help it stand out as a capable, near-premium vehicle.

Let’s start in front, where we find chrome embellishments that stretch across the grille insert, adding an extra sense of width to the stance. The “shoulder wing” grille design is carried over from other models in the make’s lineup, stretching between the headlights in a hexagonal shape.

There’s also flat-black coverings along the lowest edge, which continue around into the profile and to the rear. The headlight housings are sharp, leading into the front fenders with a pointed outer edge.

Moving to the profile, we find additional character lines leading to the rear. These add a sense of muscle-bound strength, with sinewy details that visually increase the Musso’s exterior dimensions.

The doors get a new design feature meant to cover the sills and lower portions of the body, thus ensuring passengers don’t track in dirt from the flanks of the vehicle. The range-topping trim level comes equipped with appropriately large 20-inch wheels with a chrome finish.

When viewed from the rear, the Musso gets a tall, boxy stance, a characteristic enhanced even further thanks to the the tall taillight housings.

2018 SsangYong Musso Interior

  • Seats five comfortably
  • New interior design looks more upscale
  • Reduced NVH levels
  • Optional Nappa leather upholstery
  • DAB radio and Bluetooth as standard
  • 8.0-inch infotainment screen
  • Available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
2018 SsangYong Musso Interior
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The interior is gorgeous
and can seat five comfortably
The 2018 model arrives with an all-new interior design that’s meant to mimic the premium feel of a top-shelf SUV.

Step up into the cabin of the Musso, and you’ll find a five-seater layout, with two passengers in front and three fitting onto the rear bench.

In terms of available space, the Musso looks to be pretty solid for the segment. It’s also rather upscale in terms of appointment and refinement. The latest 2018 model arrives with an all-new interior design that’s meant to mimic the premium feel of a top-shelf SUV, while still being durable enough to stand up to the rigors of normal use in a pick-up truck model.

To help underline its premium approach, the 2018 Musso includes the option for Nappa leather upholstery on the seats for the range-topping trim level. Heated front seats with a ventilation feature are also offered on “most” models.

Another crucial factor to the vehicle’s refined feel is the level noise, vibration, and harshness levels, or NVH, and the Musso delivers on this front thanks the the inclusion of eight individual body mounts, polyester wheel-arch linings, updates to the engine bay seals, and larger rubber engine mounts, all of which should help to take away the bouncy ride and noisy cabin that’s so common among pickup models. Further wind noise reduction comes courtesy of fourfold door seals and aero-efficient wiper blades.

On the infotainment front, the Musso gets DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity as standard across the range. All models excluding the base model come with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto smartphone support, as well as an 8.0-inch infotainment screen and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Electric windows, central locking, and air conditioning are also included as standard, as is a six-airbag safety system.

2018 SsangYong Musso Drivetrain

  • 2.2-liter turbodiesel
  • Same engine as the Rexton
  • Makes as much as 310 pound-feet of torque
  • Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
  • Standard 4WD
  • High and low ratios
2018 SsangYong Musso Exterior
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The front end gets chrome embellishment on the grille
and sharper headlights
The Musso gets the same engine spec as the previously released Rexton SUV - a 2.2-liter turbodiesel making 310 pound-feet.

Behind that long chrome line in the grille, the Musso gets the same engine spec as the previously released Rexton SUV. Dubbed the e-XDo220, this 2.2-liter turbodiesel powerplant is rated at a maximum of 180 horsepower at 4,000 rpm. When equipped with the automatic transmission option, maximum twist comes to a very decent 420 Nm (310 pound-feet) of torque between 1,600 and 2,600 rpm.

Buyers can get theirs with either a six-speed manual gearbox, or an Aisin six-speed automatic unit. Both connect to a standard 4WD system for the extra grip and go when you need it.

This standard 4WD system uses 2WD when fuel efficiency is preferred over extra grip, disengaging the front wheels to drive the rear axle full time. If extra drive wheels are needed, the system engages the front wheels “electronically as required.” The drivetrain also comes with a high and low ratio, which is what you want when doing all those traditional pick-up activities.

2018 SsangYong Musso Chassis And Capability

  • Body on frame construction
  • Made from high-strength steel
  • 1 tonne payload, 3.5 tonnes towing
  • Fits standard Euro pallet in the bed
  • Rear electric outlet
2018 SsangYong Musso Exterior
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A real truck, it features body-on-frame construction
In terms of hauling, the Musso gets a bed that’s big enough to fit a full-sized Euro pallet in back.

Under the skin, the 2018 SsangYong Musso utilizes a body on frame construction, which is a classic architecture used in a variety of workhorse and off-roading applications. In fact, it’s the same architecture as the Rexton SUV.

The quad-frame design is made from high-strength steel with a 1.5 Gpa-grade rating. A total of 81.7 percent of the underpinnings of the Musso are made from the stuff.

In terms of hauling, the Musso gets a bed that’s big enough to fit a full-sized Euro pallet in back. It also comes with a standard 1-tonne (2,205-pound) payload and a 3.5-tonne (7,716-pound) towing capacity. Pretty standard stuff for the segment, but it’s spot on for a model like this.

Finally, the rear cargo area comes with a few details that really help out when you’re at the job site, such as a 12-volt/120-watt outlet to power whatever you need to get the job done. There’s also a few rotating hooks and strap-downs to help secure the load.

2018 SsangYong Musso Prices

2018 SsangYong Musso Exterior
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a six-speed manul or automatic is available

The 2018 SsangYong Musso is scheduled to arrive in U.K. dealers this June. When it does, it’ll come with a price tag under the 20,000-pound mark. Three trim levels will be offered, and each will come with a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty.

2018 SsangYong Musso Competition

Ford Ranger

2019 Ford Ranger Exterior
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While just now making its return to the U.S. market after a seven-year absence, the Ranger has been doing its thing overseas for a while now. In the U.K., you can get it with one of two power options, including either 2.2-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder, or a more potent 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel, with 158 horses from the ‘four and 197 horses from the ‘five. Both 2WD and 4WD are on the table. While not necessarily the most frugal option, the Ranger still has what it takes to get the job done all the same.

Read our full review on the 2019 Ford Ranger.

Mitsubishi L200

The next competitor we’ve got lined up comes from Mitsubishi, which offers the L200 with a few different options for the cab and drivetrain. Either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic routes the output, which gets created by a 2.4-liter MIVEC diesel powerplant. The engine can be had in two different levels of tune, including 178 horsepower and 151 horsepower. There’s also a variety of options on the table to make it more capable on the job and more comfortable in the cabin.

Conclusion

2018 SsangYong Musso Exterior
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Under the hood you’ll find a 2.2-liter turbodiesel

The Musso (the name means rhinoceros when translated into english) is a nameplate that’s been working for the automaker since the ‘90s, and so far, it’s worked pretty well. Now with the segment heating up, it makes sense for SsangYong to double down on all the things that make this model shine.

The styling is definitely improved, while we’re liking the new interior spec too. The powertrain also looks like it’ll get the job done without breaking a sweat. Most importantly, though, the Musso does all this at a very reasonable price point. All told, this is one stout competitor in the pick-up segment.

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    • * Competition is heating up
    • * Alternatives might have it beat on interior fit and finish

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Press release

The essential elements that inform the new SsangYong Musso

Strong, functional and safe

Modern and extremely strong body-on-frame construction
Euro pallet sized load deck
1 tonne payload*
3.5 tonne towing capability* - the benchmark for those who tow large work trailers, caravans & horseboxes
Safety aids including six airbags on all models

Style - inside and out

Great looks complement the pick-up’s strength and rugged off-road capability
Contemporary and refined interior - unusual in a utility vehicle sets Musso apart

Heritage & value

Draws on SsangYong’s deep experience of building 4x4 vehicles over 60 years
Competitive UK pricing
Comprehensive list of standard equipment
Sector leading 5-year limitless mileage warranty

Connectivity & technology

DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity on all models
Apple CarPlay
Google Android Auto

The all-new SsangYong Musso pick-up for Europe has been launched at the Geneva Motor Show.

Entering the fast-growing and highly competitive pick-up market segment, the new Musso is an extremely competent multi-purpose vehicle with traditional SsangYong values - comprehensively equipped, a sector leading 5-year limitless mileage warranty and a value for money package expected at launch.

As Korea’s leading and only SUV and 4x4 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, Rexton.

Now, just a few months later it is launching this brand-new pick-up. This new 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. It also carries over 1-tonne* in load weight, and tows 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.

Musso is powered by the same e-XDi220 engine found in the Rexton, and delivers a maximum power of 181ps at 4,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 420Nm at 1,600 to 2,600 rpm (automatic transmission). It is available with either a 6-speed manual or an Aisin 6-speed automatic with its success proven by a number of other automotive brands.

Inside, Musso is extremely well equipped compared with other pick-ups, and as well as offering excellent shoulder and leg room, Nappa leather seats can be found on the top of the range model for luxury and comfort. 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 8-inch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and wi-fi mirroring.

New Musso will be launched in the UK this summer.

Styling

Exterior design
The exterior design of the Musso gives the vehicle a bold and muscular stance, and is inspired by ‘the dignified motion of nature’, one of the elements of SsangYong’s design language, Nature-born 3 Motion.

A bold chrome line across the radiator grille and the curves of the bonnet present a robust look and the impression of strength. The shoulder wing grille - now a characteristic styling cue of all new SsangYong models - stretches out to the headlights, while the dynamic character lines to the side and especially the rear, add a sense of power and volume to the vehicle.

The doors are designed to cover the sills along the lower part of the body to ensure passengers don’t pick up dirt from the side of the vehicle when getting in and out, and the 20-inch wheels on the top line model add to the Musso’s overall presence.

The load deck affords an extremely useful cargo area that is large enough to carry a Euro pallet. It also comes equipped with 12V/120W power outlets and rotating hooks to help strap-down loads such as tools and equipment.

Interior design
The interior of the new Musso is completely new. Perhaps unexpectedly for a utility vehicle, it brings a level of refinement and a contemporary ambiance that’s more akin to a premium SUV yet still feels robust and durable, complementing the exterior look of a pick-up.

Remarkably well equipped, it features soft-textured Nappa leather seats on the top line model. Most models feature heated front seats which are also ventilated to make long journeys more pleasant whatever the temperature.

With one of the most spacious interiors in its segment, the second row of seats is designed for three passengers to travel comfortably with plenty of leg and elbow room.

Driving performance

Powertrain
The new Musso powertrain employs a 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine manufactured by SsangYong, which delivers maximum power of 181PS and torque 420Nm (auto). 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 4x4 with power delivered permanently to the rear wheels, and front wheel drive dialed in electronically as required, with high and low ratios available as on and off-road conditions demand.

The noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) 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.

Safety
With new technologies and features, the new SsangYong Musso ensures excellent levels of safety and includes up to six airbags.

With the high-strength steel construction of its Quad-frame, the vehicle is stiffer than its competitors, achieved by using 1.5Gpa-grade ultra-strength steel - a world first, and featuring 81.7% high strength steel. This not only gives greatly improved body strength but also reduced weight.

The pick-up also features impact absorbing elements in the steering wheel and steering column to minimise injuries from a frontal collision, while the structure and materials employed in the frontal area of the body are designed to improve pedestrian safety.

Infotainment & convenience
All models will feature an advanced infotainment system that includes DAB radio, Bluetooth and MP3 connectivity, while Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and device mirroring come with the middle and top specification models, with everything displayed on an 8.0” screen.

Other features include electric windows, central locking, air-conditioning with fine dust filters and a 12V/120W power outlet in the cargo deck area.

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