The SsangYong Musso used to be for sale as an SUV, but it’s now the company’s pick-up truck, and the latest version has been on sale since 2018. It’s based on the hardware as the Rexton SUV, and the Musso features body-on-chassis construction, which is commonplace in the sector as it gives good off-road ability and high load-carrying capacity.
The Musso is targeted directly at key rivals such as the top-selling Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi L200, Toyota Hilux and Nissan Navara, all of which aim to offer high levels of utility with the comfort and features of a regular passenger car.
The Musso is available with a single engine option, a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel unit that is also shared with the Rexton, and it delivers 178bhp and 400Nm of torque. It can be specified with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, and all versions are fitted with a part-time four-wheel-drive system that sends drive to the front wheels only when it is needed. High and low range 4WD modes are also selectable by the driver.
The Musso is available in four trims, with the entry-level EX aimed primarily at the commercial user with standard cloth seats a fewer interior comforts. The Rebel, Saracen and top-specification Rhino models are better suited to private buyers, with larger alloy wheels and better cabin materials, such as leather seats and higher-grade infotainment systems.
For what is usually considered a high-value brand, the SsangYong Musso is impressively capable in many areas. It even outclasses its key rivals in areas such as the quality of the cabin and the infotainment system, towing ability and overall refinement. What lets it down however is the unladen ride, which is harsh and bouncy. SsangYong is considering making changes to rear suspension to cure the issue – if it does so, the Musso has the all-round ability to challenge for best-in-class honours. That is a big statement to make when you consider some of the strong contenders in the pick-up truck class.