Ssangyong is introducing updates to its Musso pick-up that was launched in 2018. The most significant change is the addition of a long-bed crew cab bodystyle.
The long-bed version is called the Rhino LWB and adds 300mm to the load area length. It comes only with a six-speed automatic gearbox from Aisin, while the standard versions can also be fitted with a six-speed manual.
All Mussos are powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine with 181hp and 310 lb.ft of torque, driving through a selectable 4WD system with low range.
One of the Musso’s main attractions is that it is rated to tow a trailer at maximum weight while also carrying a full payload. This doesn’t change for the Rhino LWB, which has a gross train weight of 6,900kg, a payload of 1,140kg and a towing capacity of 3,500kg.
Short-bed models with automatic gearboxes also have 3,500kg of towing capacity, but this drops to 3,200kg for manual versions.
The short-bed version is still available in three equipment grades, EX, Rebel and Saracen. To make things slightly confusing, there was a short-bed Rhino available in 2018, however, this was a high-spec limited edition. For the updated model, Rhino grade is exclusive to the LWB model.
The base EX grade starts from £21,995 (all prices ex. VAT) for a manual-transmission model and offers 17in alloy wheels, a Bluetooth radio, six airbags, electric windows, manual air conditioning and automatic headlights and wipers.
Rebel is one step up and is available with either a manual or an automatic gearbox. It adds roof rails, floor mats, an infotainment system with an 8in touch screen and Apple Carplay and Android Auto, a reversing camera, heated and ventilated imitation leather seats and a heated leather steering wheel.
Saracen equipment grade adds 18in wheels, electrically-adjustable seats with real leather upholstery, heated rear seats, cruise control, parking sensors and a 9.2in infotainment screen.
Finally, the Rhino costs £29,995 and adds the long bed, automatic climate control, 17in wheels with XL tyres, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist and privacy glass.
Ssangyong offers a seven-year/150,000-mile warranty on all its vehicles, including the Musso pick-up truck.