The Korean firm’s cut-price Nissan Navara alternative is due on UK roads this summer with an all-new look. Its front end bears strong resemblance to that of the Rexton SUV, with which the Musso is heavily technically related.
Using the same architecture as the new Rexton, the Musso’s body-on-frame construction is 81.7% high-strength steel. Ssangyong says this not only enhances the Musso’s rigidity for better safety but also boosts its handling and off-road abilities.
The pick-up’s off-road ability is helped by a 215mm ground clearance and relatively short overhangs. It measures 5095mm long and 1950mm wide, with the roofline set at 1840mm. It features a load deck with a rear door that folds flat to provide space for a full-sized Euro-pallet – the wooden base for transporting heavy goods often used by industry.
Inside, where there’s space for five passengers, Ssangyong has significantly upgraded the cabin. A more cleanly designed dash features a centrally mounted 8.0in touchscreen that’s standard, with DAB radio, Bluetooth and MP3 connectivity. High-spec models gain Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Ssangyong is displaying its new Musso at the Geneva motor show before it arrives in showrooms. Prices, although yet to be confirmed, are unlikely to change significantly from the outgoing model’s £16,795 to ensure the Musso remains one of the cheapest offerings in its class. By comparison, alternatives include the Nissan Navara, which starts at £24,280 and Ford Ranger, which opens from £22,244.