The fully-imported double-cab version of the Ssangyong Musso, the Musso Sports, has been launched locally. Described as having the luxury of a car with the convenience of a bakkie, the Sports should get its fair share of attention.

The fully-imported double-cab version of the Ssangyong Musso, the Musso Sports, has been launched locally. Described as having the luxury of a car with the convenience of a bakkie, the Sports should get its fair share of attention.

The Musso Sports boasts a number of unique features. It is the only automatic diesel double-cab 4x4 available in South Africa. Its roomy interior (the largest in its class) is coupled with full size rear doors.

The body is muscular with just a hint of flair in its otherwise burly flanks. Its revised grille and clear wraparound headlights and clear glass tail lights complement the package. Wheel arches are bold to accommodate the standard 16" alloy wheels .

Local models are equipped with a functional black facia, and standard features include ; air conditioning, adjustable height steering wheel, power steering, electric windows front and rear, remote central locking and remote side mirrors.

On the safety front, the Musso Sports is equipped with ABS, traction control (ABD), a driver's side airbag, pre-tensioned safety belts and side impact protection bars.

The Musso Sports is available with a choice of a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. "Shift-on-the-Fly " is standard.

Powered by the well-known five-cylinder 290TDi engine, built under licence from Mercedes-Benz, the Sports delivers 104Kw at 4 000r/min and 305N.m torque at 2 250r/min.

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 general manager of Ssangyong Motor Distributors in South Africa, Hennie Bekker, said he expected the Musso Sports to 'do well locally'.

"We know that pricing is a contentious issue at the moment and feel confident that the Musso Sports is well priced against its competitors, offering excellent value for money." Bekker said.

The introduction of the Musso Sports in Korea was well received. The original projections for their domestic market were to retail 7500 units by the end of 2003, but less than a month after its launch nearly 20 000 orders had been placed.

The Musso Sports is imported and backed by SsangYong Motor Distributors. It is covered by a three-year / 100 000km factory warranty and three -year / 60 000km maintenance plan. Services are required every 10 000km.

Pricing:

Musso Sports Manual - R274 980

Musso Sports Automatic - R284 800

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