SsangYong has resurrected a name from the past for its new pickup truck. Can it compete with the talented and ever more car-like opposition?
The SsangYong Musso is a genuine improvement over the Korando Sports it replaces, and the new drivetrain and gearbox impress. Though it’s not the most car-like to drive or sit in, the sheer value on offer means it’s hard to ignore the Musso if you’re after a rugged, double-cab pickup truck.
Those with long memories, and a penchant for unusual Korean cars, might remember the Daewoo Musso of the 90’s. It was a rugged 4x4, intended to compete as a budget alternative to the likes of the Land Rover Discovery and Toyota Land Cruiser. It was also a rebadged SsangYong – and it’s that company that’s resurrected the Musso name for 2016.
This time around, the Musso is a double-cab pickup truck. ‘Musso’ means rhinoceros in Korean, so there shouldn’t be any doubt as to the rugged qualities SsangYong wants to imply about its vehicle.
The new Musso is really more of an update to the SsangYong Korando Sports, but the changes go deeper than just the obvious new nose and new name. The biggest change is the new 2.2-litre diesel engine. It’s received a bump in power, pushing it up from 153bhp in the Korando Sports to 176bhp in the Musso – and it’s now Euro 6 compliant, too.
As well as power, economy has improved, with manual models now achieving a claimed 40mpg on the combined cycle.
New SsangYong Musso review
13th October 2016
Opt for the automatic and that drops to 37mpg, but that’s still a competitive figure. The lower-powered Ford Ranger returns 39.8mpg and 35.3mpg in manual and automatic forms respectively.
The updated engine is less rattly than its predecessor and quite refined most of the time, though it can’t disguise the Musso’s commercial vehicle status.
It offers flexible performance, despite suffering from some turbo-lag at low revs, and there’s definitely ample pulling power to make the most of the Musso’s 3,000kg towing limit and 1,075kg payload – figures which are slightly down on some of its main rivals.
That payload should fit easily into the SsangYong’s load bed, which is sized to fit a standard Euro pallet. It’s available with a choice of load covers, too – including a fully-windowed and painted hard top to make the Musso look a little less like a truck and more like an SUV.
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