SsangYong’s sharply-priced dual-cab ute, the Musso, has been given a makeover for 2021.
The six-model Musso range has a new look inspired by the related Rexton four-wheel drive – but it misses out on the Rexton’s updated, more powerful engine.
As before, the Musso is available in regular and long-wheelbase XLV guises.
Opting for the latter adds $1500 to the price and a handy 300mm to the length of the tub, freeing up 251L of extra load space (to the lip of the tub).
As before, the Musso has a coil-sprung rear suspension, while the non-Ultimate XLV has a leaf-spring setup.
Despite its sharp price, the Musso has always been a luxurious truck.
The 2021 model aims to double down on that reputation with a new $3000 luxury pack. Available on the range-topping Ultimate, it brings a power sunroof, Nappa leather seat trim, powered front seats, and heated rear seats.
The 2021 Musso range arrives in dealerships during July 2021.
- 2021 SsangYong Musso ELX manual: $34,990
- 2021 SsangYong Musso ELX XLV manual: $36,490
- 2021 SsangYong Musso ELX: $36,990
- 2021 SsangYong Musso ELX XLV: $38,490
- 2021 SsangYong Musso Ultimate: $41,290
- 2021 SsangYong Musso Ultimate XLV: $42,790
All prices are drive-away.
Power in the 2021 SsangYong Musso comes from the same 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine as before, making 133kW of power and 400Nm of torque in the regular wheelbase model.
Opting for the XLV ups the torque output to 420Nm.
There’s a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed Aisin automatic.
A switchable four-wheel drive system is standard, complete with low-range.
The related Rexton has 148kW of power and 441Nm of torque from the same engine.
Combined fuel economy for the Musso ELX manual is 7.9L/100km on the combined cycle, jumping to 8.2L/100km for the long-wheelbase XLV.
The automatic uses a claimed 8.6L/100km, jumping to 8.9L/100km for the XLV.
The whole range comes with a 75L fuel tank.
The standard wheelbase Musso measures 5095mm long, 1950mm wide and 1840mm tall, with a 3100mm wheelbase.
The Musso XLV measures 5409mm long, 1950mm wide and 1855mm tall, with a 3310mm wheelbase.
Both models have an un-braked towing capacity of 750kg and a braked towing capacity of 3500kg.
Payload for the Musso is 790kg, the Musso ELX XLV ups that to 1025kg, and the Ultimate XLV can carry 880kg.
The Musso is backed by a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
Maintenance is required every 12 months or 15,000km. The first seven services cost a combined $2625, or $375 per year.
The 2021 Musso hasn’t been crash tested by ANCAP or Euro NCAP.
There are two front airbags, front thorax airbags, and side head-protecting curtain airbags covering both seat rows.
Standard on the base Musso ELX are:
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Lane-departure warning
- Driver attention monitoring
Moving to the Ultimate brings:
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Lane-change assist
The base Musso ELX features:
- 18-inch alloy wheels (17-inch on XLV)
- Cruise control
- LED daytime running lights
- Fog lights
- 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Reversing camera
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Leather steering wheel
- 7.0-inch trip computer display
The Ultimate gains:
- 18-inch black alloy wheels
- Surround-view camera
- HID headlights
- Speed-sensitive adaptive power steering
- Leather-look seats
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Tyre-pressure monitoring
- Walk-away door locking
The Luxury Pack ($3000 on Ultimate) adds:
- Dual-zone climate control
- Power sunroof
- Nappa leather seat trim
- Powered front seats
- Powered driver’s lumbar support
- Heated rear seats
Metallic paint is a $495 option, and six colours are available. They are:
- Grand White
- Silky White
- Marble Grey
- Space Black
- Atlantic Black
- Indian Red