With over 1 TRILLION South Korean Wons (we could have used GBP or USD, but it sounds so much better in KRW) worth of investment heading its way over the next four years, the future looks bright for SsangYong. The 2018 SsangYong Musso will be benefiting from a huge chunk of this, which gives us pickup users a huge reason to be excited. Not only will the new SsangYong Musso be offered in two wheelbases, it have a 3.5t towing capacity and, as a sign of management’s confidence in the product, SsangYong has even hinted at a possible US launch
Codenamed the Q200, it’s highly likely that the next generation pickup will retain the recently-updated SsangYong Musso name. The new model is expected to feature similar front end styling to the LIV-1 concept car revealed at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show.
“It’s exciting times for SsangYong”, explained an insider. “The current model offers great value for money and is great to drive, but it fails to appeal to the more commercial and ‘hardcore’ pickup operators”.
“This new model, with a 3.5t towing capacity, larger load bed and a more powerful 2.2-litre engine, will open us up to a completely new market. Along with the other new arrivals, SsangYong will have a very competitive pickup and commercial 4×4 line up”.
SsangYong Musso 2018 towing and load area
The new pickup will be based on the same chassis as the 2017 SsangYong Rexton and will be available in short and long wheelbase. The short wheelbase will be aimed at the lifestyle sector and will have a load length of around 1,350mm, while the utilitarian long wheelbase will be around 1,650mm long, making it the longest in the class.
SsangYong Musso 2018 engine and driveline
SsangYong’s newly-developed 2.2-litre diesel engine will be providing the power. We recently tested it in the new Rexton, and we were amazed by its smoothness and low-end torque, which means it should lend itself well to commercial operations. On the Rexton, the engine is tuned to achieve a maximum output of 178bhp and 420Nm, although the outputs of the 2018 SsangYong Musso have still yet to be announced. There will be a choice of between a six-speed manual transmission and a seven or eight speed automatic transmission.
SsangYong Musso 2018 pricing and availability
Prices have yet to be announced and, although the Musso is expected to still be priced very competitively, there will be a slight increase on the current £14,210 plus VAT starting prices. The new models are likely to hit dealerships in the first half of 2018, and will be backed by SsangYong’s respected five-year warranty.
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