The 2018 SsangYong Musso Sports will be based on a new frame, offered in two wheelbases, 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. The SSangYong Musso Sports is revitalising its pickup offering thanks to a huge cash injection from its new Indian owners, Mahindra & Mahindra.
Codenamed the Q200, it’s highly likely that the next generation pickup will retain the recently-updated SsangYong Musso Sports 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 Sports 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.
In terms of towing, the capacity is also expected to increase from 2.7 tonnes on the current model to a class-leading 3.5 tonnes.
SsangYong Musso Sports 2018 engine and driveline
The 2.0-litre engine on the current generation will be replaced by the newly-developed 2.2-litre engine, which also features in the SsangYong Rexton and the updated SsangYong Korando Sports (also to be named the SsangYong Musso Sports) which arrived later this year.
There will be a choice of between a six-speed manual transmission and a seven or eight speed automatic transmission.
SsangYong Musso Sports 2018 pricing and availability
Prices have yet to be announced and, although the Musso Sports 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.
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