Although the name may still be unfamiliar to some, Korean brand Ssangyong is making steady progress in the UK double-cab 4x4 pick-up market as it gradually strengthens its dealer network.
That progress could accelerate thanks to the launch of its latest Musso pick-up, which got its European launch at last year’s Geneva motor show.
Built on the same platform as Ssangyong’s Rexton SUV, the four-door five-seater majors on two of the manufacturer’s strong suits: competitive pricing and a remarkably generous warranty. Opt for a Musso and you will be protected by a seven-year/150,000-mile package.
Power comes courtesy of a 181hp 2.2-litre e-XDi220 diesel married to either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed fully auto gearbox from giant Japanese conglomerate Aisin.
The range starts with the entry-level EX and progresses to Rebel and Saracen specifications.
A limited-edition Rhino model was on offer at the initial launch – Musso is Korean for rhinoceros – with just 100 numbered examples being produced.
We decided to get to grips with a Rebel automatic. Black side steps and Rebel graphics both enhance its looks.