The South Korean automaker SsangYong has a long history of building capable and reliable 4×4 vehicles and some also call it the Korean Land Rover. The firm also offers the Musso pickup truck based on the brand’s flagship Rexton SUV. This truck was updated for the 2018 model year and now offers enough refinement, style, sophistication, capability and efficiency combined with the competitive prices to steal some of the sales from more established names in the pickup industry.
The model will return with minimal improvements as the 2019 SsangYong Musso while the company already announced an ambitious plan for whole lineup and the Musso truck is also the part of it. The firm promised recently to bring the all-electric pickup version based on the Musso truck and it should appear sometime around 2020. In the meantime, the Musso will add new options and versions to improve its standings further.
2019 SsangYong Musso: Design
The styling of the 2019 SsangYong Musso won’t get attention as this model arrived redesigned for the 2018 model year. The new Musso is a nice-looking truck with a distinctive appearance and enough style to get the attention.
The model has sleek body sculpting and modern-looking styling elements. Still, it has enough ruggedness every truck should have. The front end of the model is dominated by the six-sided grille and nicely accentuated headlights. The front bumper design also fits nicely into the front section. The lines on the hood and dynamic creases on the side panels also contribute to the appearance. The model also offers attractive styling add-ons including large and attractive wheel designs.
The Musso rides on the body-on-frame platform from the large Rexton SUV. It will offer new color options, wheel design and possibly, special version for the new model year.
The cabin of the Musso truck is also attractive and equipped with the modern tech and convenience features. The dash has nice contours and the center stack with the touchscreen nested between the air vents while more buttons sitting below.
The Musso also has an adjustable steering wheel and clear instrument cluster. The seats are supportive and can be equipped with the heaters and ventilation and of course with the leather upholstery. The truck also comes with the soft-on-touch surfaces and the well-insulated cabin also adds to it refinement.
There is also a very good infotainment system available on all variants except the base. The system supports smartphone compatibility and comes with the large 9.2-inch touchscreen in some versions. The truck also provides other goodies like the DAB radio, Wi-Fi connectivity, but also keeps the eye on the safety. All models have the rear vision camera, six airbags but also offers autonomous emergency brakes system, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
2019 SsangYong Musso: Performance
The 2019 SsangYong Musso is also capable truck and comes with the diesel power under the hood. A 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine shared with the Rexton SUV provides 180 hp at 4, 000 rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox is the first option but the model also offers an Aisin six-speed automatic unit. With the automatic shifting, the engine reaches 310 pound-feet of torque between 1, 600 and 2, 600 rpm.
The Musso comes with the rear-wheel drive by default. It also offers the power on all wheels and the low-range capability. The truck also meets the towing of 3.5 tons like the class leaders and can fit the Euro standard pallet. It can also be equipped with the off-road goodies.
2019 SsangYong Musso: Availability, Price
The 2019 SsangYong Musso will go on sale in early 2019. It will keep the price close to the current range depending on the market.