The refreshed SsangYong Musso is an affordable dual cab ute that offers more luxury and choice for buyers than before.
The 2021 SsangYong Musso range benefits from a whole new front end design – the grille now extends to cover almost the entire front end. According to SsangYong Head of Design Lee Kang, this choice is said to communicate “strength and toughness“.
The Musso is more intricate around the rear as well with new LED rear taillights. Finishing off the styling tweaks are all-new alloy wheel designs for 2021.
The updated ute goes on sale in July this year from $34,990 driveway for the entry-level Musso ELX manual. Across the range, the Musso has increased in price by $1,000 for 2021.
As before, the Musso is available in two grades and wheelbase lengths. The short bed is the more affordable option with a 1,011L load bay and comfortable coil-sprung rear end.
The refreshed Musso competes in the burgeoning dual-cab market in Australia. Like the GWM Cannon, SsangYong’s USP is to offer stellar value in place of the brand recognition that buoys sales of the Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu D-Max and Toyota Hilux.
The Musso’s longer XLV tray increases capacity to 1,262L thanks to an extra 300mm of bed length and 110mm of wheelbase length (3,210mm). The XLV also employs leaf springs increasing payload to 1,025kg (up from 790kg).
The entry-level Musso ELX start from $34,990 with 18-inch alloy wheels (17-inch on the XLV), LED daytime running lights and front foglights. Inside, there is a seven-inch digital driver’s display, an eight-inch infotainment system, leather-appointed steering wheel and cloth upholstery.
Safety equipment includes forward AEB, reverse camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane-departure warning and cruise control. A six-speed automatic transmission is available for $2,000 extra.
A 2.2-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder motor powers every Musso sold in Australia with 133kW of power and a maximum of 420Nm of torque on tap in XLV Auto grades. For the short wheelbase Musso, SsangYong caps torque at 400Nm.
SsangYong claims an impressive towing capacity of 3,500kg for every Musso model sold in Australia.
The range-topping Musso Ultimate benefits from vinyl-appointed heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel and keyless entry for $41,290 driveaway.
Safety is generous with the Ultimate benefitting from features like a 360-degree monitor, rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring with side collision detection.
For an extra $3,000, the Luxury pack brings some more bling. SsangYong adds premium touches like Nappa leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, power sunroof, a heated rear bench and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.
Although white is the only no-cost option, SsangYong offers the Musso in several colours. Choosing hues like Indian Red, Space Black or Atlantic Blue will add $495 to the Musso’s price.
The refreshed SsangYong Musso will hit Australian showrooms in July 2021.
Indicative drive away prices are listed and include on-road costs.
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