For a pickup truck that shares the name of rhinoceros (Musso in Korean), the 2017 SsangYong Musso definitely lives up to its name. Originally produced as a 5 door SUV between 1993 and 2005, SsangYong Musso had a global availability which included countries like Russia, China, Europe and Iran.
The company (maybe in its right mindset) has now transitioned this Musso from an SUV to a pickup truck that weighs 2,205 pounds. With a new diesel engine, this new 2017 Musso pickup promises big work-truck capability. As to the competition, SsangYong is Korea’s oldest producer of SUVs and 4×4s. Therefore, other models may back down.
2017 SsangYong Musso – Exterior Body Styles and Interior Changes
The idea behind this 2017 SsangYong Musso is to create a perfect balance between car-like handling and truck-like capability. This is why SsangYong has used a multi-link suspension system in the rear. According to the company, this suspension system uses progressive coil springs which can only be found in this 2017 Musso amongst other in a similar price range.
By the looks of its exterior styling, this 2017 Musso seems very familiar with SsangYong Korando Sports. This is because it has the same double cab pickup body style with a long bed.
This new pickup truck possesses an aggressive profile as meaty character lines run throughout the flanks. What’s changed is the grille as its upper portion is now updated with a mesh insert. In addition, new chrome elements also embellish this grille.
The interior cabin has also welcomed changes as the dashboard has been completely revised. The cockpit holds an asymmetrical layout of controls as well as the infotainment system. The seats have “leather like” upholstery which is of thermoplastic polyurethane.
But buyers can also opt for genuine leather upholstery which comes at an additional price. Rounding off, the features presented in this interior cabin are beyond what one can ask for by taking the price point into consideration.
2017 SsangYong Musso – Modifications in the Engine
Unlike the old Mussos which incorporated outdated Mercedes engines, the new 2017 SsangYong Musso uses an in-house powertrain. Behind the revised grille of this SsangYong Musso 2017 truck is a newly developed 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine.
Designed to be productive with lesser emissions, this new mill cranks out 175 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque which starts at 1,400 RPM to reach 2,800 RPM. Apart from being a Euro 6 compliant, this diesel burner returns an average mileage of 40 mpg via the 6 speed automatic/manual transmission.
Interestingly, this power mill is also able to tow up to 3 tonnes; that’s approximately 6,614 pounds. Moreover, there’s also an option for 4WD which adds traction to the engine’s brawny muscle power. However, this pickup truck isn’t fast as it takes 11 seconds to sprint from 0 to 62 mph.
2017 SsangYong Musso – Competitors and Price
The Nissan Navara and Ford Ranger are two of its biggest competitor. The base SE trim of 2017 SsangYong Musso starts at $19,468; then this figure increases for EX which costs $21,902. EX will eventually cost $23,119 for an automatic gearbox.