쌍용자동차 올 뉴 렉스턴(All New Rexton)이 업계 최초로 ‘올 뉴 렉스턴 랜선 쇼케이스X임영웅’를 통해 정식으로 시장에 선보인다고 4일 밝혔다.
공개 후 호평이 이어진 내외관 디자인은 물론 신규 파워트레인과 첨단 주행안전 보조시스템, 국내 최고 수준의 커넥티드카 서비스까지 완전히 새롭게 거듭난 올 뉴 렉스턴은 더블 캐스팅 모델 기용으로 론칭부터 홍보까지 달라진 면모를 선보이며 SUV 시장에 새바람을 몰고 올 것으로 기대된다.
신차 출시 이벤트로는 업계 최초의 신곡 발표 컬래버레이션 ‘올 뉴 렉스턴 랜선 쇼케이스X임영웅’가 이날 오전 10시 30분 쌍용자동차 공식 유튜브 채널과 네이버 자동차 페이지를 통해 방송된다. 신곡명은 ‘HERO’로 정해졌다. 쌍용자동차와 임영웅의 공동작업을 통해 완성되었으며, 올 뉴 렉스턴의 브랜드송으로 사용되고 각 음원사이트에서도 감상할 수 있다.
앞서 음원플랫폼 멜론 신청을 통해 선정된 150명의 패널들과 소통하며 진행되는 이번 이벤트는 아나운서 이혜성의 사회로 가수 임영웅, 전 국가대표 골키퍼 김병지, 카레이서 서주원이 출연해 직접 시승하면서 경험한 올 뉴 렉스턴의 매력을 전한다.
또한 임영웅과 영화배우 박성웅/신은정 부부의 TV광고와 더불어 박성웅이 열연한 바이럴 영상이 동시 공개된다. 이 영상은 영화 ‘신세계’의 명장면을 패러디한 시리즈 영상으로 올 뉴 렉스턴의 안전성과 인포콘의 편리함을 뜻밖의 재미와 함께 전달하게 된다.
◇Design & Practicality
올 뉴 렉스턴의 매력은 사전계약과 함께 공개된 디자인에 대한 호평에서 시작된다. 정통 SUV의 당당한 존재감과 도시적 세련미를 더해 완전히 새로운 면모를 보여 주는 디자인은 라디에이터 그릴과 듀얼 프로젝션 타입의 Full LED 헤드램프를 비롯한 각 요소들이 레이어드 구조를 이루며 입체감을 연출한다.
웅장한 사이즈와 견고한 이미지의 다이아몬드 셰이프 라디에이터 그릴이 변화의 시작을 알리고, T 형상의 LED 리어램프와 듀얼 테일파이프 가니시가 세련된 멋을 더하는 후면부까지 일체감 있는 디자인 테마를 완성한다.
측면 디자인에는 ‘더 블랙’ 모델을 위한 전용 휠아치&도어 가니시와 20인치 스퍼터링 블랙휠이 준비된다.
고급감을 극대화한 퀼팅 패턴이 시트와 도어트림을 비롯한 인테리어에 적용됐으며, 정통 SUV의 멋을 살린 4스포크 타입의 스티어링휠은 더블다이아몬드 스티치와 D컷으로 스포티 엣지를 부여했다. 오버헤드콘솔에 하이글로시 소재 신규 디자인과 터치식 스위치로 스타일과 편의성을 더했다.
2열 시트는 베이스와 볼스터(어깨를 감싸는 측면부) 사이즈를 증대하고 높이를 조절해 착좌감을 개선했으며, 등받이가 139도까지 리클라이닝(국내 SUV 최대)돼 최고 수준의 안락함을 누릴 수 있다. 중형 SUV보다 월등한 기본 784ℓ(VDA 기준) 적재공간은 골프백을 가로로 4개까지 수납할 수 있고, 2열 폴딩 시 1977ℓ로 확장돼 독보적인 수준의 공간 활용이 가능하다.
새로 디자인된 센터콘솔은 컵홀더 배치를 세로 형태로 변경하고 덮개를 추가해 외관까지 깔끔하게 활용할 수 있도록 했다. 2열 탑승객을 위한 2개의 USB포트에 12V 파워아울렛을 더해 3명이 탑승해도 원활하게 모바일 기기를 사용할 수 있다.
계기반은 화려한 그래픽으로 다양한 정보를 표시하는 12.3인치 풀 디지털 클러스터로 변신했다. 기본적인 주행데이터는 물론 내비게이션 경로와 AVN 콘텐츠까지 운전자에게 필요한 대부분의 정보를 디스플레이함으로써 운전 편의성을 높였다. 유저 선호에 따라 클러스터 테마를 3가지 모드 중 선택할 수 있다.
◇Driving & Safety
올 뉴 렉스턴의 새로운 파워트레인은 성능과 연비 향상을 동시에 달성했다. 최고출력 202마력, 최대토크 45.0kg·m으로 각각 15마력과 2.0kg·m가 향상된 엔진은 최대토크 구간이 1600~2600rpm으로 가장 많이 접하게 되는 일상영역에서 넉넉한 토크를 활용할 수 있다. 연비는 복합연비 기준 11.6km/ℓ로 10%가량 향상됐다.
파워업 엔진과 조합을 이루는 신규 적용 8단 자동변속기는 기존 7단 변속기보다 다단화되어 효율이 향상되었을 뿐 아니라 변속감이 부드럽고 정숙성이 개선됐으며, 폭넓은 기어비로 주행 시 효율적인 RPM을 유지한다.
운전자에게 친숙하고 조작이 용이한 레버 타입의 전자식 변속 시스템(SBW: shift-by-wire)을 쌍용자동차 최초로 채택했다. 시동을 끄면 자동으로 P단 전환되며, 별도의 unlock 스위치를 배치해 오작동으로 인한 불안요소를 배제해 안전하다. 국내 최초로 레버 상단 디스플레이에 웰컴&굿바이 세리머니를 통해 시동 on-off 시 해당 내용을 명확하게 전달한다.
역시 쌍용자동차 최초의 랙 타입(R-EPS) 스티어링 시스템 적용으로 조향감과 NVH 성능이 우수하고, 렉스턴 스포츠에 처음 적용됐던 차동기어 잠금장치(LD, Locking Differential)의 험로탈출 성능을 올 뉴 렉스턴에서도 누릴 수 있게 됐다. 4WD 적용 시 동급 최고 3t의 견인능력을 활용해 요트와 트레일러 등과 결합, 무한한 레저 활동성을 확보할 수 있다.
트레일러의 움직임을 감지해 구동력과 브레이크를 제어하는 트레일러 스웨이 컨트롤(Trailer Sway Control) 기능으로 어떤 상황에도 안전하게 운행한다.
능동형 주행안전 보조기술인 인텔리전트 어댑티브 크루즈 컨트롤(IACC)을 포함한 첨단 주행안전 보조 시스템 딥컨트롤(Deep Control)이 적용된 올 뉴 렉스턴은 4중 구조 프레임 보디, 운전석 무릎 에어백을 포함한 동급 최다 9에어백, 전좌석 시트벨트 리마인더가 전 트림 기본 적용되는 등 다양한 안전사양을 채택하여 빈틈없는 안전성을 확보했다.
앞 차량과의 안전거리를 유지하며 차로 중심을 따라 안정적으로 주행하는 IACC가 고속도로는 물론 일반도로에서도 안정적인 종·횡방향 보조 제어를 제공한다. 차로 변경 시 후측방 차량과의 충돌 위험을 공고해 주는 후측방경고(BSW)는 물론 원래 차선으로 유지함으로써 사고를 방지하는 후측방 충돌보조(BSA) 기능까지 적용돼 있다.
△2차에 걸쳐 경고하는 차선변경 경고(LCWS) △내비게이션과 연계된 고속도로 및 고속화도로 안전 속도 제어(SSA) △후측방 접근 물체와 충돌위험이 있다고 판단될 경우 긴급 제동해 사고를 예방하는 후측방 접근 충돌 보조(RCTA) △하차 시 사고를 미연에 방지할 수 있는 탑승객안전하차경고(SEW)가 적용됐다.
엔트리 모델부터 △긴급제동보조(AEB) △차선 유지보조(LKA) △앞차 출발 알림(FVSW) △부주의 운전경보(DAW) △안전거리 경보(SDW) △스마트하이빔(SHB) 등 첨단 안전사양을 기본 적용했다.
국내 최고 수준의 커넥티드카 시스템 인포콘(INFOCONN)이 신규적용돼 차량 시동과 공조장치 작동을 비롯한 원격제어와 보안, 차량 관리는 물론 국내 유일의 스트리밍 콘텐츠를 활용한 엔터테인먼트까지 전방위 서비스를 제공한다.
차량 운행과 관련된 세부 서비스 항목으로 △모바일 인터넷을 통해 실시간 지도 업데이트를 제공하는 커넥티드 내비게이션 △차량 시동 및 에어컨/히터 등 공조와 도어 개폐(Lock/Unlock) 등 원격 제어 △차량 주요 부품 이상 유무와 소모품 교체 시기를 체크하는 차량 진단 기능이 제공된다.
사고로 인해 에어백이 작동될 경우 인포콘 상담센터를 통해 조치 받을 수 있는 에어백 전개 알림 서비스가 업계에서 유일하게 10년 무상 제공된다.
생활을 더욱 편리하고 풍요롭게 만들어 주는 서비스로 △가전과 가스 등 가정의 각종 스위치를 원격 제어할 수 있는 스마트 홈 컨트롤(LG유플러스 해당 서비스 가입 시) △음성인식 기반의 맛집정보와 번역, 인물 등 다양한 지식검색 △지니뮤직과 팟빵 스트리밍은 물론 네이버가 제공하는 아동, 뉴스, 영어 학습 등 오디오 콘텐츠 재생 기능을 즐길 수 있다.
◇Tech & Convenience
4개의 카메라를 통해 주변 환경을 표시하는 3D 어라운드뷰가 더 편리해졌다. 일반, 와이드, 풀레인지(Full Range) 3가지 화면을 활용할 수 있으며, 3D 모드에서 차량을 360도 회전시키며 주변을 확인할 수 있다. 2개의 디바이스를 동시에 연결해 편리하게 사용할 수 있는 멀티페어링 블루투스가 적용됐다.
내비게이션과 연계해 터널 진입 시 내기모드로 자동 전환해 실내공기를 청정하게 유지하며, 동승석 온도를 개별조절할 수 있는 듀얼 존 풀오토 에어컨이 전 트림 기본 적용된다.
뒷자리 탑승객을 위한 후석승객 대화모드&취침모드가 신규 적용됐다. 운전석 마이크를 통해 운행 중에도 편안하게 대화하고, 후석 스피커 출력을 제한함으로써 단잠을 방해받지 않는다.
프리미엄 모델의 상징인 블랙 컬러를 테마로 한 스페셜 모델 ‘더블랙(The Black)’이 함께 선보인다. 스페이스 블랙 외관컬러에 전용 라디에이터 그릴과 20인치 블랙휠, 휠아치&도어 가니시, 스웨이드 인테리어가 채택되며 4Tronic, 인피니티 오디오를 비롯한 고급 편의사양을 모두 적용한 풀옵션 모델이다.
△전동식 파워 사이드스텝 △도어 스팟램프 △에어컨 습기 건조기 △테일게이트 LED 램프 등 차별화된 전용 사양이 스페셜 모델로서 가치를 높여 준다. 구매 고객에 소모성 부품 무상교환 및 정기점검을 위한 프리미엄 기프트 팩이 증정된다.
새롭게 선보이는 올 뉴 렉스턴의 판매가격은 정규트림의 경우 중형 SUV 수준의 △럭셔리 3695만원 △프레스티지 4175만원으로 스페셜 모델 △더 블랙 4975만원으로 결정됐다.
SsangYong Motors UK has launched its all-new Korando C-segment SUV today. Premiered at Geneva Motorshow earlier this year, the all-new vehicle possesses the space and capabilities of a traditional SUV and features a whole range of enhancements to the outgoing model. It pairs new stylish exterior and interior design with advanced safety and infotainment technologies, as well as efficient new powertrains complying with future emission standards. All wrapped up with a comprehensive and market-leading 7-year/ 150,000-mile warranty.
From every aspect, all-new Korando has an eye-catching design, with powerful and striking stance that serves as a solid foundation for its superior ride and handling dynamics. Inside, the Korando impresses even further with its fully digital ‘BlazeCockpit’ interface and driver assistance technologies that are unrivalled in its class. Engineered for an active lifestyle, new Korando exceeds expectations by delivering spacious comfort, superior safety, class leading NVH and pure driving fun.
An evolution of SsangYong Korando design The fourth generation Korando was the designed by the team based at SsangYong’s R&D Centre in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. The studio has modernised the look of the new Korando, which features a range of updates to its sporty exterior design, stylish interior design and a whole host of added features.
Modern and urbane, SsangYong’s SUV will stand apart from rivals by matching the unique preferences and needs of the millennial generation, those with growing families or active lifestyles, and with up to a 2-tonne towing capacity, it will also appeal to SsangYong’s loyal, existing customers from the caravanning and towing fraternities.
The robust design character of a traditional SUV co-exists with sophisticated exterior design details, such as its striking “birds wing” front grille feature, which has become a visual identity for all SsangYong models. Its strong side lines, matched with curved shoulder lines which taper towards the rear of the car, as well as a colour-keyed bumper, rear spoiler and rear skid plate, lends the compact SUV an air of understated sportiness.
The new compact SUV brings a sense of luxury to its exterior design with multi-focus reflector LED headlights and high-power LED stacked fog-lights for visual impact, front and rear daytime running lights, and redesigned fog lamps also provide maximum visibility and enhance the SUV’s light signature for a more modern appearance. Dependent on trim level, Korando offers a selection of three stylish alloy wheel designs – 17”, 18” and 19” diamond cut wheels.
Inside, new Korando offers generous levels of equipment along with cutting edge design technologies. Its integrated wrap-around dashboard design is said to be inspired by the design of a classical string instrument, and at the top of the range its innovative “Blaze Cockpit” has a 10.25” full digital cluster and 9” AVN unit with a colour choice of 34 infinity mood lighting options.
Korando’s sizeable interior is rich in quality materials, giving it a “soft-touch” and premium feel. The ergonomic seats have either high quality cloth, a combination of faux leather and cloth or premium leather, and are heated, ventilated, powered - dependant on trim level.
To ensure maximum space and comfort, both driver and passenger needs are taken into consideration in the design of the overall package. This is a multi-role SUV which blends style with load carrying capability - it seats 5 comfortably, with plenty of leg room and the versatility that you would expect from a modern SUV. The dimensions of the cabin are 1,350mm (w) x 815mm (l) x 889mm (h) and the load area offers up to 1248L of space in the back.
Korando’s sophisticated climate control system ensures that the cabin environment is comfortable regardless of the weather conditions outside. Pollen and microscopic-sized particulate matter are trapped by the air filter while the air is treated by a cluster ioniser to create a pleasant and pristine cabin environment. When the dual zone full auto air conditioning is selected, the related information is displayed on the 8” or 9” navigation screen. Other features include paddle shift levers (with auto transmission), heated steering wheel with tilt, rake and reach, dual auto climate control and 60/40 rear split seats with ISO FIX.
Driving performance In step with engine down-sizing seen throughout the industry, the new Korando is available with a choice of compact engines characterised by high combustion efficiency, superior power delivery and good fuel economy. Korando is available with either an uprated 1.6 Diesel engine or 1.5 GDI-turbo petrol engine.
The newly developed Euro 6D-T compliant 1.6 litre diesel engine produces 136PS max power and 324Nm max torque delivering a smooth, progressive and powerful driving experience. It’s exceptionally durable and fuel efficient, the 1.6 diesel engine is the perfect choice when peak torque performance and fuel economy are a priority. It achieves a CO2 emission level of 144 (NEDC) and fuel economy of up to 48.7mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and achieves 0-62mph in 12.01 seconds.
Later on, Korando will also offer a Euro 6D-T compliant 1.5 GDI-turbo petrol engine which produces 163PS max power with and 280Nm of torque at 1,500-4,500 RPM. The vehicle and full performance stats will be available in the UK from December 2019.
Best-in-class transmission performance and reliability is achieved by applying the latest AISIN 3rd generation six-speed automatic transmission with selectable drive modes. Normal mode balances the need for fuel economy and power, this default mode is utilised for day-to-day driving and is not indicated on the dashboard. Sport mode delivers extra power, whilst Winter mode starts Korando in 2nd gear to prevent tyre slippage on icy roads. Non-4x4 models come with an auto-stop system to save fuel and lower CO2. Manual variants will arrive into the UK early 2020.
4WD system New Korando is available with all-wheel drive, which offers superior driving stability across all types of terrain. Automatic Drive Control controls the speed of each wheel is individually monitored in real-time. If a wheel slip is detected, torque is automatically redistributed to the wheel where it is needed most, thus maximising traction over treacherous roads, and ensuring safer driving. The Lock-Mode Function, unlike Auto-Mode, increases torque delivery to the rear wheels for improved traction and stability. Above 40km/h, the system automatically switches to Auto-Mode and will switch back to Lock-Mode when the speed is reduced to 40km/h or less. Its superior braking system drives control and brake systems to inert-operate which improves traction, stability and safety.
And, new Korando offers generous approach and departure angles too with an approach of 18 degrees and departure angle of 24.5 degrees.
Hi-tech connectivity, technology & equipment 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 a 9.0” screen with Tom Tom navigation on top models or an 8.0” screen on mid spec model. Other features include remote power tailgate on top models and electronic parking brake on automatic variants.
Safety Expected to achieve a 5*Euro-NCAP safety rating, Korando has new technologies and features, ensuring excellent levels of safety, including six airbags on all models. With the high-strength steel construction, the vehicle is stiffer than its competitors, featuring 74% high density steel, which not only gives greatly improved body strength but also reduced weight.
The vehicle boasts Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Traction Control System (TCS), Active Rollover Protection (ARP), ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Autonomous Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane keeping Assist (LKA), Front Vehicle Start Alert (FVSA), Safety Distance Alert (SDA), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS).
Other safety features include an emergency call system, reversing camera, alarm, immobiliser, tyre pressure monitoring system, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, automatic speed sensing door locks, electronic parking brake with auto hold, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, parking aids front and rear and ISO FIX.
Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) Advanced tools and technologies have been applied to all-new Korando to suppress NVH and it now boasts some of the lowest NVH levels in its class. Its cabin noise at idle is just 44.0dB compared to the Kia Sportage at 45.6dB and its chassis vibration at idle is 95.0Hz versus 97.0 Hz on the Kia Sportage.
In a first for SsangYong, the automaker has used structural adhesives to improve monocoque rigidity, optimising noise and tonal qualities. Double-wide sealer has also been applied with melting-type plugs for improved engine and outside noise levels. Additional front and rear sub-frame mounting points have been added which act as decouplers inside the hydraulic mounts, which maximise noise reduction. Underfloor damping and additional roof paneling have added sound absorbing materials and pillar cavities are filled with a volume of sound absorbing foam – reducing noise and vibrations. Twin dynamic dampers in the rear propeller shaft and a four-point mounting system for the rear axle, also help Korando Korando attain best-in-class NVH values.
The line-up There are four Korando models to choose from. The line-up includes a 1.5 GDI-turbo petrol engine (December 2019) entry model 2WD ELX and a 1.5 GDI-turbo petrol 2WD Ventura, which is mid-specification level. The Pioneer, which has been specifically designed for SsangYong’s existing and prospect caravanning customers, is available with a diesel engine and automatic transmission in 2WD and 4WD. The top of the range Ultimate model is available as a petrol 2WD and 4WD or with the 1.6 diesel engine with automatic transmission and 4WD.
SsangYong Korando ELX £19,995 The Korando ELX is powered by the 1.5 GDI-turbo petrol engine with manual transmission, available in 2WD only. Finished in a smart woven cloth trim, it includes 17” alloys with all-weather tyres, electronic cruise control, DAB/RDS/Bluetooth radio, six airbags, auto lights and wipers and a range of advanced safety equipment and many more features.
SsangYong Korando Ventura £22,995 The Korando Ventura, is powered by the 1.5 GDI-turbo petrol engine with manual transmission, available in 2WD only, adds combined Faux leather with deluxe fabric seat upholstery, 18” diamond cut alloy wheels with standard tyres, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, electronic parking brake, 10.25” full LCD cluster, 8” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay / Auto Android, and many more features.
SsangYong Korando Pioneer From £26,495 The Korando Pioneer, is available the 1.6 diesel engine with automatic transmission, in 2WD and 4WD. Aimed at the caravan and towing market, the Pioneer has a 2-tonne towing capacity, combined Faux leather with deluxe fabric seat upholstery, 17” alloy wheels with all-weather tyres, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, heated steering wheel, full sized spare wheel, 3.5” LCD cluster, 8” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay / Auto Android and rear view camera and many more features.
SsangYong Korando Ultimate From £26,495 The top-spec Korando Ultimate is available in three variants. There is a petrol 2WD derivative available with manual (early 2020) and automatic transmissions or diesel engine and with automatic transmission, in 4WD only. The highest specification model in the Korando range features luxurious soft leather seats throughout (with driver’s lumbar support) a dual-zone air conditioning system and a range of advanced safety equipment. Add to this the premium in-car infotainment with a 9" LCD multimedia display with touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android auto, makes a spirited deluxe crossover vehicle at an affordable price. The Ultimate boasts 19” diamond cut alloy wheels, smart keyless start, rear privacy glass, LED multi-focus headlights, 10.25” full digital cluster and mood lighting and a power tailgate.
From the top Nick Laird, managing director at SsangYong Motors, comments: “SsangYong has created a car which stands out everywhere, from the city to the countryside. Its robust yet sporty design will be matched by a wide range of features and technologies that are universally suited to all buyers and importantly those with active lifestyles, and those who tow - we are keen to continue to appeal to the caravanning market, where we do very well today.”
“The new Korando is distinctive and stylish and boasts an array of advanced safety and infotainment technologies as well as best-in-class NVH. It’s also large for the segment with a spacious cabin and cargo area.”
“SsangYong is Korea’s third largest SUV brand & has over 60 years-experience of making refreshingly different cars. Along the way, we’ve learnt a thing or two about what customers really need. So instead of wasting money on marketing gimmicks or add-ons, we offer a full range of truly refined & high-spec SUV’s that absolutely deliver on the road.”
“Our ‘badge’ may be less well known, but what SsangYong lacks in current recognition, we more than make up for with cars that offer huge value without ever feeling compromised. We also have so much faith in our build quality, that we offer a full 7-year/150,000-mile warranty so customers can be quietly confident that they’ve made the right choice when it comes to the things that really matter. We are sure that, with the new Korando, we have a vehicle that has the potential to upstage some much bigger names in the marketplace.”
As Korea’s leading and only SUV and 4x4 specialist manufacturer, SsangYong is committed to refreshing its entire product portfolio, and Korando is the latest new model to come from the brand in a programme of new introductions stretching into the 2020’s.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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).