The SsangYong Musso will be receiving a facelift in the spring of this year and images of the update have leaked out online.
Badged as the Rexton Khan in its home territory of South Korea, the Musso is to receive a visually striking update, bringing it very much into line with its more imposing rivals.
Photographed in SsangYong’s Pyeongtaek factory ahead of its launch, the picture, first revealed on Autospy, shows the Musso’s front end receiving a significant update, with a much larger grill detailed with horizontal bars. The round fog lights have been replaced by tall LED blades, while the headlights appear to have darker internal surfaces.
While the changes initially appear to be thorough, the bonnet remains the same, as does the headlight shaping. Even the thin panel above the grille remains the same, suggesting that the facelift involves little more engineering than simply bolting on a new grille and bumper.
However, there’s a lot more going on under the skin as we understand the Musso will receive a new engine for 2021. There are no plans for plug-in hybrid systems for the current generation of vehicles, but it’s known that SsangYong is working on 48-volt mild hybrid systems to reduce emissions.
The decline in popularity of diesel power might even tempt SsangYong to offer a 2.0-litre petrol engine that it has available, providing 225hp and 350Nm of torque. This might not be a winner for commercial and professional users, but lifestyle buyers could be tempted by such a change.
A rumoured electric pickup is pencilled in for 2024, although it’s currently unclear if that is destined for European markets. The current-generation Musso, codenamed Q200, was launched in 2018 and is expected to remain on sale for close to a decade, receiving a further facelift later in its lifespan.
SsangYong sales were down in 2020 but, in a market turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, the company managed to increase its market share marginally and slightly outperformed the sector. A more striking Musso may help the manufacturer lose the budget tag, and improve its brand perception in the UK.