2018 Musso Rhino - English

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Date: July 2018


INTRODUCING THE ALL-NEW SSANGYONG MUSSO -
THE ONLY TRUCK TOUGH ENOUGH FOR A 7-YEAR WARRANTY

* Four models at launch - on sale now from a sector-leading £19,995 (ex VAT)
* 1-tonne payload and 3.5 tonne towing capacity - at the same time
* All-new multi-purpose pick-up offers practicality, versatility and style
* Quad-frame body construction and proven 4x4 system delivers rugged off-road capability
* One of the largest interiors, with access and rear seat space for five to travel in comfort
* Comprehensively equipped including advanced infotainment system
* The only pick-up tough enough to offer a 7-year/150,000-mile warranty
* Built on the same platform as the SsangYong Rexton, the new Musso feels, looks and drives like an SUV

THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS THAT INFORM THE NEW SSANGYONG MUSSO
Large, stylish, refined - inside and out
* Great looks complement the pick-up's strength and rugged off-road capability
* Contemporary and refined interior sets Musso apart
* Luxury touches include nappa leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, electrically operated, heated & ventilated seats
* Best rear seat legroom in the pick-up segment

Strong, safe and functional
* Modern and extremely strong body-on-frame construction
* Safety aids including six airbags on all models
* Euro pallet sized load deck includes load-liner and tie-down hooks
* Over 1 tonne payload
* 3.5 tonne towing capability (auto) - the benchmark for those who tow large work trailers, caravans & horseboxes
* Highest combined total load capacity for any pick-up on sale in the UK
* Draws on SsangYong's deep experience of building 4x4 vehicles over 60 years

Drives like an SUV
* The same chassis, engine & drivetrain as Rexton - 4x4 Magazine's '4x4 of the Year 2018'
* 2.2litre diesel power delivering 181 PS/400NM with optional Aisin 6-speed automatic
* Double wishbone suspension front/coil springs rear
* Excellent NVH tuned by Pininfarina which is also now owned by Mahindra
* Quad layer cabin sealing contributing to low noise levels

The high value proposition
* Highly competitive UK pricing from £19,995 (ex VAT)
* High quality interior
* Comprehensive list of standard equipment
* Sector leading 7-year/150,000 mileage warranty - the only pick-up tough enough to have a 7-year warranty.1

Connectivity, technology & equipment
* DAB audio and Bluetooth connectivity on all models
* Apple CarPlay & Google Android Auto, Tom Tom navigation & reversing camera available
* Remote central locking, electric windows, cruise control, automatic lights and wipers

Introducing the all-new SsangYong Musso pick-up
The all-new SsangYong Musso pick-up has now arrived in the UK and set to disrupt the fast-growing pick-up market with a tough, strong and value-for-money 4x4.

Built on the same architecture as the new Rexton - which has already been awarded '4x4 of the Year 2018' by 4x4 Magazine - Musso shares its body-on-frame construction to give an extremely strong vehicle that delivers excellent off-road driving performance and safety from its quad-frame and four-wheel-drive system.

This new Musso - which is Korean for rhino - takes its strong, tough and powerful image from the brand's heritage established over 60 years ago and from the original Musso of the 1990s.

As Korea's leading and only SUV and 4x4 specialist manufacturer, SsangYong is committed to refreshing its entire product portfolio, and Musso is the latest new model to come from the brand in a programme of new introductions stretching into the 2020s.

The new Musso is an extremely competent multi-purpose truck with SsangYong values to the core - comprehensively equipped, a sector leading 7-year/150,000-mile warranty with a value for money package, plus a surprising level of interior refinement and great infotainment.

Designed to carry passengers in comfort and transport loads securely, the SUV-based Musso combines a five-seat crew-cab body style with a workman-like load deck that will take a full-sized Euro pallet. It also carries a payload of over 1-tonne and tows trailers of up to 3.5 tonnes concurrently to give the highest total load capacity in the segment. This combination of utility pick-up and SUV means Musso offers the perfect blend of functionality, practicality, performance and comfort to the driver and family or workmates.

Musso is powered by the same e-XDi220 engine found in the Rexton and delivers a maximum power of 181ps at 4,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 400Nm at 1,400 to 2,800rpm. It is available with either a 6-speed manual or an Aisin 6-speed automatic with its success proven by SsangYong and several other automotive brands.

Inside, Musso is exceptionally well equipped compared with other pick-ups, and as well as offering excellent shoulder and leg room front and rear, nappa leather seats can be found on the top of the range model for added luxury and comfort. DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity feature across the range, while all but the entry level model feature a state-of-the-art infotainment system that includes an 8-inch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Wi-fi mirroring, or 9.2-inch screen with TomTom navigation on top line models.

New 7-year/ 150,000-mile warranty
One of the toughest pick-ups on the market, SsangYong is backing its faith in the new Musso by introducing a sector-leading 7-year/150,000-mile warranty. "We believe in the strength of our new truck," says Nick Laird, managing director of SsangYong Motor UK, "so we're announcing this new warranty which will also apply to Rexton on which Musso is based. No other pick-up or SUV comes with such comprehensive reassurance, and without the small-print of so many other manufacturer warranties."

STYLING
Exterior design
Being robust and workman-like is no longer enough for pick-up trucks, with customers looking for a working vehicle that also looks good. The exterior design of the Musso gives the vehicle a bold and muscular stance and adopts the purposeful front-end design of all new SsangYong vehicles.

A bold chrome line across the radiator grille and the curves of the bonnet present a robust look and a real impression of strength. The shoulder wing grille - now a characteristic styling cue of the brand, stretches out to the headlights, while the dynamic character lines to the side and especially the rear add to its powerful stance.

At over 5 meters (5,095mm), the new Musso is larger than its predecessor in every dimension and gives one of the largest cabin interiors in its class. The load bed is also longer (1,300mm), wider (1,570mm) and considerably deeper (570mm) that its forerunner, and easily takes a Euro pallet.

There are sporty fog lamps on all models, LED daytime running lights on the Saracen and Rhino, and stylish roof bars on the Rebel and Saracen.

The doors are designed to cover the sills along the lower part of the body to ensure passengers don't pick up dirt from the side of the vehicle when getting in and out, while black 18-inch wheels on the Saracen tell you this is no ordinary pick-up.

The load deck affords an extremely useful cargo area that is large enough to carry a 1 tonne payload and equipped as standard with a tough fitted load liner, a 12V/120W power outlet and rotating hooks to help strap-down loads such as tools and equipment.

Musso is available in an appealing array of colours: Grand white and metallics Indian red, Space black, Atlantic blue, Fine silver and Marble grey.

Interior design
Based on the new Rexton, the interior of the Musso is completely new and offers a very high standard of detailing, fit and finish. Perhaps unexpectedly for a utility vehicle, it brings a level of refinement and contemporary ambiance that's more akin to a premium SUV yet still feels robust and durable, complementing the exterior look of a pick-up.

Remarkably well equipped, there are three styles of seat upholstery including soft-textured nappa leather seats on top line models. Most models feature heated front seats which on the top models are also ventilated and electrically operated to make long journeys more pleasant whatever the temperature, together with a leather covered and heated steering wheel which will be greatly appreciated on a bitterly cold winter's morning.

With one of the most spacious interiors in its segment, the second row of seats is designed for three passengers to travel comfortably with class-leading leg and elbow room.

DRIVING PERFORMANCE
Powertrain
The new Musso powertrain employs a 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine manufactured by SsangYong, which delivers maximum power of 181PS and torque of 400Nm. This highly efficient, quiet and proven
e-XDi220 engine delivers progressive acceleration from a standing start, and strong low-end torque typical of SsangYong power units.

Transmission is either a 6-speed manual, or optional Aisin 6-speed automatic as available on other SsangYong models and several other marques and noted for its smooth gear changing and durability.

The car's four-wheel drive system draws on SsangYong's years of experience in all-wheel-drive technology. For better efficiency and greater fuel economy, it features a selectable 4x4 system with power delivered permanently to the rear wheels, and front wheel drive dialed in electronically as required, with high and low ratios available as on and off-road conditions demand. The system includes hill descent control and hill start assist to provide optimum grip, traction and safety.

Starting with the truck's rigid body on frame construction and the fitment of eight body mounts and large rubber engine mounts, the Musso has also been carefully tuned by Pininfarina to ensure that the noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels are excellent. Polyester wheel-arch linings reduce road noise so passengers can travel in comfort, the engine bay includes better sealing to improve sound, dust and waterproofing, while wind noise is reduced thanks to detailing such as fourfold door sealing and aerodynamically designed wiper blades.

SAFETY
With new technologies and features, the new SsangYong Musso ensures excellent levels of safety and includes six airbags on all models.

With the high-strength steel construction of its Quad-frame, the vehicle is stiffer than its competitors, achieved by using 1.5Gpa-grade ultra-strength steel - a world first, and featuring 79.2% high density steel. This not only gives greatly improved body strength but also reduced weight.

The pick-up also features impact absorbing elements in the steering wheel and steering column to minimise injuries from a frontal collision, while the structure and materials employed in the frontal area of the body are designed to improve pedestrian safety.

INFOTAINMENT & CONVENIENCE
All models feature an advanced infotainment system that includes DAB radio, Bluetooth and MP3 connectivity, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come with the middle and top specification models, as does a rearview reversing camera. Everything is displayed on either an 8.0" screen or a 9.2" screen with Tom Tom navigation on the top models. Carbon nanotube front speakers, front door tweeters and rear door speakers are also fitted.

Other standard features include an adjustable tilt & telescopic steering wheel, electric windows, cruise control, central locking, air-conditioning with fine dust filters and a 12V/120W power outlet in the cargo deck area.

MUSSO - THE RANGE OF CHOICE
Musso EX - £19,995 ex VAT
The EX offers the market-entry truck that is built for a hard day's work at an unbeatable price. It comes with 17" alloy wheels, a DAB audio/Bluetooth system, 6 airbags, electric windows, remote central locking that includes the tail gate, manual air conditioning, automatic headlights, rain sensing wipers and a full sized spare wheel.

Musso Rebel - £22,495 ex VAT
The Rebel builds on the EX specification, adding 18" alloy wheels, roof rails, floor mats, an 8" smart audio infotainment system with Google CarPlay and Android Auto, a rear-view reversing camera, leather-look seats, front seats that are both heated and ventilated, heated leather steering wheel, black side steps and Rebel graphics.

Musso Saracen - £24,995 ex VAT
Adding a premium feel, Saracen is instantly recognisable with its 18" black alloy wheels, and adds nappa leather seats, power adjustable drivers and front passenger seats, heated rear seats, 9.2" screen with TomTom navigation, automatic projection headlamps and LED positioning lights, cruise control, metal front skid plate, bright finished tubular side steps, bright rear corner bars, bright finished mirrors and door handles and Saracen graphics.

Musso Rhino - a limited edition including automatic and metallic paint - £28,495 ex VAT
With just 100 numbered trucks, Rhino is a really very special limited launch edition. Finished in either Indian red or metallic Space black, it features 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission, 20" black alloy wheels fitted with General Grabber all terrain tyres, a black front skid plate, black tubular side steps, black rear corner bars, black load deck bar with LED lights, dark tinted rear privacy glass, a numbered limited-edition plaque and Rhino graphics.

Option prices are: automatic transmission - £1,250 (ex VAT) & metallic paint - £430 (ex VAT).

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NOTES TO EDITORS
Made in Korea
SsangYong cars are manufactured in South Korea by SsangYong Motor, which is 73 per cent owned by the Indian engineering conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra and imported into the UK by SsangYong Motor UK. Established in 1954, SsangYong is Korea's oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4x4 and SUV specialist producer. There are currently some 65 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations being added to the network all the time.

To download hi res images via the SsangYong online press office go to: SsangYong Media Site


For further information, please contact:

Vanessa Cox
PR and key relationship manager
SsangYong Motor UK
Tel: 07535 875997
E-mail: vanessa.cox@smotor.co.uk


Jeremy Clarke / Sue Hitchcock
SsangYong Press Office
Tel: 01285 659212
E-mail: jeremy.clarke@smotor.co.uk
sue.hitchcock@smotor.co.uk


Ref: SY19/2018




MUSSO - Technical specification
Engine and drivetrain
Drivetrain
Part time 4WD
Engine capacity (cc)
2,157
Engine configuration
4 in-line
Emission standard
Euro VI
Bore x stroke (mm)
86.2 x 92.4
Compression ratio
15.5:1
Transmission
6 speed manual
Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission
Performance
Maximum power
kW/rpm
133.1/4,000

ps/rpm
181/4,000
Maximum torque
Nm/rpm
400/1,400-2,800

kg.m/rpm
40.8/1,400-2,800
Top speed (mph)
121
115
Fuel consumption and emissions
Fuel
Diesel
Urban mpg (l/100km)
29.1 (9.7)
25.9 (10.9)
Extra urban mpg (l/100km)
40.1 (6.9)
39.2 (7.2)
Combined mpg (l/100km)
35.8 (7.9)
32.9 (8.6)
Fuel tank capacity (litres)
75
CO2 emissions (g/km)
211
226
Insurance
Insurance group **
Manual: EX 40 ? Rebel 40 ? Saracen 41
Auto: Rebel 41 ? Saracen 41 ? Rhino 42
Dimensions
Length (mm)
5,095
Width with mirrors (mm)
2,175
Height with roof rails (mm)
1,840
Wheelbase (mm)
3,100
Track: front/rear (mm)
1,640
Overhang: front/rear (mm)
890/1,105
Ground clearance - between axles (mm)
215
Turning circle - kerb to kerb (m)
5.91
Gross vehicle weight (kg)
3,205
3,215
Min kerb weight (kg)
2,155
2,165
Max braked trailer load (kg)
3,200
3,500
Max unbraked trailer load (kg)
750
Towbar max load (kg)
112
120
Payload (kg)
1,095
1,085
Gross train weight (kg)
6,450
6,750
Approach angle (deg)
22.8
Departure angle (deg)
23.4
Ramp angle (deg)
20.3
Load space

Length
1,300
Height - internal
60mm
Height - loading
765mm
Width - maximum
1,500mm
Width - minimum
1,110mm

** - to be confirmed
1 7-year / 150,000-mile warranty - The new Musso is covered by a best-in-class 7-year/150,000-mile warranty. Designed to be totally transparent and give customers complete peace of mind, the warranty covers all the major mechanical components including wheel bearings, suspension joints and bushes, steering joints, shock absorbers and even the audio system. Wearable components such as clutch discs and brake friction materials which could have their life reduced by poor driving are covered for one year or 12,500 miles, and the battery and paintwork for three years.

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