SsangYong is planning to launch a double-cab version of its Musso SUV, the Musso 4X4 Sports, in South Africa in February. It’s no beauty, but it could win over kerb-parkers with its price.

SsangYong are planning to launch a double-cab version of its Musso SUV, the Musso 4X4 Sports, in South Africa in February. It’s no beauty, but it could win over kerb-parkers with its price.


The Musso Sports will be fully-imported and, according to SsangYong, the only diesel-powered 4x4 double cab available on the market with automatic transmission.

The body is angular and muscular with just a hint of flair displayed in those otherwise-burly flanks. Its revised grille a-la-Mercedes Benz and wraparound headlights complement the package. Wheel arches are bold and accommodate the 16" alloy wheels standard on the double-cab.

The Sports will be powered by a five-cylinder 290 TDi engine, built under licence from Mercedes-Benz, with the ability to deliver 104 kW at 4 000 r/min.

The vehicle is equipped with ABS, EBD and traction control. The 4x4 Sports also includes side impact protection and an airbag on the driver's side.

Standard features include power steering, electric windows, central locking, air conditioning and remote side mirrors. The 5-spoke alloy wheels are standard while leather is optional. The load body is double sealed.

Hennie Bekker, general manager of SsangYong SA, said: "SsangYong has always been renowned for value for money vehicles. We intend to continue with this approach by pricing the Musso Sports very competitively, without compromising on luxury and quality. Affordability plays a very important role in the decision making process today and we will always keep that in mind."

In Korea, 20 000 orders were placed for the vehicle in the first month after its launch – far more than the 7 500 units anticipated.

Urban cycle fuel consumption figures of 10,56 litres per 100 km are claimed for the manual version and 12 litres per 100 km for the automatic.

The Musso Sports is imported and covered by a three-year/100 000 km factory warranty and three-year/60 000 km maintenance plan. Services are required every 10 000 km and prices are R269 900 for the manual and R279 900 for the automatic versions.

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