If you're well versed with the cars from the 90's, you may remember the name Ssangyong Musso. It was a mid-sized SUV from the Korean automaker, and a fair amount were sold here. Fast forward a few decades later and the name is back. This time around, it's a pick-up with a bit of luxury in mind.
It sides on the all-new Rexton platform, meaning the Musso sticks to the traditional pick-up layout of having a body-on frame chassis. The Musso is a particularly important vehicle for Ssangyong, as its South Korean rivals have yet to come out with a pick-up here and abroad.
From the middle section to the front, it is essentially the Rexton, from the bold fascia, upswept headlights and chunky fenders. Towards the rear, the doors have been straightened out to accommodate the extended wheelbase. Its bed is tall and offers a payload capacity of 850 kilograms. Also, the Musso features a 5-link live axle rear suspension.
Ssangyong Philippines has taken a different approach for their pick-up, dubbing it a Luxury Utility Vehicle. Inside, the dashboard follows a more angular look with squared-off edges at the corners. Leather trim can also be soon on the door panels, as well as the lower half of the dash. Also present is a wood panel on the passenger side along with silver trim on the face of the dashboard.
The seats are trimmed in leather and feature eight-way power adjustment. Also, it's has a ventilated seating for both driver and front passenger, as well individual heating for the rear. The new Rexton's infotainment system is a 8.0-inch touchscreen with high definition. The system features Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
Powering the Musso is Ssangyong's own turbodiesel mill. It is a 2.2-liter unit with 181 PS and 400 Nm of torque. The lone transmission option is a six-speed automatic. For now, only one variant is offered and it is two-wheel drive. There is currently no word if the 4x4 model will be brought in eventually.
The Ssangyong Musso 2.2 4x2 A/T starts at Php 1,495,000.