You are looking at the Ssangyong Musso, a facelifted version of the Korando Sport pick-up that is about as cheap as it gets.
The Ssangyong Musso is named so because the South Korean manufacturer wanted to keep consumers from confusing it with the Korando SUV, which is a totally different product. So no excuses now, okay?
The one-tonne pick-up with a double-cab design features a number of new revisions, including a brand new dashboard that has a seven-inch touchscreen for all your infotainment needs.
A newly developed Euro 6 engine sits under the bonnet of the Musso in the form of a 2.2-litre turbo diesel that outputs (175bhp (178PS) and 295lb/ft (400Nm) of torque, replacing the Korando’s 2.0-litre. CO2 efficiency has dropped to 202g/km, while overall fuel economy is said to have improved.
Suspension is another area where Ssangyong has made some adjustments, with a new multi-link rear setup and progressive rear coil springs said to offer a ‘relaxed and comfortable car-like ride’ even with a tonne of stuff in the 2,040mm load deck.
Meanwhile up to three tonnes of weight can be towed (2.7 tonnes with the manual), meaning it can lug around a boat, horses or whatever large item you need to carry on a trailer.
Two trim levels are available, starting with SE, which features a redesigned front grille, 18-inch alloy wheels in a silver finish (the colour, not the rare element) and hard-wearing TPU seat upholstery with a ‘leather look’. You also get actual leather on the steering wheel and gear knob.
The other trim level, EX, seperates itself from SE with 18-inch alloys in black, roof rails, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights, automatic air conditioning, rain-sensing wipers, leather heated front seats, power operated driver’s seat and the aforementioned seven-inch touchscreen with RDS radio and iPod and Bluetooth connectivity.
Regardless of whether you go for the Musso SE or Musso EX, both come with a five-year warranty with ‘limitless’ mileage and Ssangyong is keen to point out limitless means limitless.
Meanwhile the paintwork and battery has a three-year life, while items that can be damaged by poor driving, such as the clutch discs, are covered for a year.
The Ssangyong Musso SE starts from £15,995 before VAT, while the Musso EX starts from £17,995 before VAT if you want a manual transmission or £18,995 excluding VAT with the six-speed Aisin automatic.