New SsangYong Musso truck looks wild with giant grille

Updated Jan 11, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It received updates on the exterior, interior, and tech.

The Australian car market is home to some of the most rugged pickup trucks which are called UTEs there. It exclusively boasts trucks such as the Nissan Navara PRO-4X Warrior that received aesthetic and performance upgrades. Mazda also has an Australia-exclusive version of the BT-50 named the Thunder.

SsangYong Musso front view

SsangYong Musso, known as the Rexton Sports in South Korea

With that being said, SsangYong Australia had to step up its game in the pickup truck market to keep up with its competitors. The Korean marque announced the changes for the Australian-spec 2022 Musso, featuring the giant grille from the facelift in 2021 accompanied by updated tech.

The new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster will be available across the range as standard, replacing the model’s 7.0-inch display. It will receive other interior changes such as a new overhead console, LED map lights, and seatbelt reminders. As for the exterior, the truck will get a body-colored tailgate handle, wing mirrors, and door handles.

SsangYong Musso instrument cluster

New 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster

However, many find the updates a bit disappointing as some noteworthy features available in overseas markets won’t be brought in by SsangYong Australia. For instance, the more powerful 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine won’t make its way to the Australian market due to packaging issues.

According to SsangYong Australia, the engine requires Diesel Exhaust Fluid (AdBlue), as well as a larger tank that will end up occupying the space for the full-size spare wheel. As such, the Musso will carry over the existing 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.

SsangYong Musso front view

It gets new body-colored exterior features

Another feature that won’t be included in the 2022 update is the electric power steering system. This means that the new Musso will still use a hydraulic power steering system, which means that Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) features such as lane-keep assist and lane centering assist won’t arrive as well.

The updated 2022 SsangYong Musso is slated to arrive in the Australian market in March 2022. Maybe the PH-spec Musso offered by SsangYong Philippines should be updated as well, considering what we still have is the pre-facelift version.

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SsangYong Musso

SsangYong offers the SsangYong Musso as the brand's entry to the midsize pickup truck segment. The South Korean midsize pickup is the product of the SsangYong and Daimler-Benz collaboration. The model's name Musso is the Korean term for rhinoceros, representing the concept of the SsangYong Musso – rigidity and power. However, the car's nameplate was initially a moniker for the SsangYong brand's midsize SUVs in the early 90s. The South Korean carmaker introduced the Musso's pickup body in early 2000. SsangYong Musso rides on the brand's latest body-on-frame using the Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). The exterior features of the SsangYong Musso have the same styling as that of the SsangYong Rexton – the brand's midsize SUV. The exterior lines are well pronounced and complement the shape of the vehicle. The overall exterior design of the Ssangyong Musso is pretty similar to most SsangYong models. The exterior's overall design is executed cleanly and portrays a sense of sportiness mixed with a stash of style. The cabin of the SsangYong Musso features a well-appointed, spacious, and clean cabin. The car is also equipped with generous technological features. It includes an infotainment system with an 8-inch HD screen, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay connectivity, plus a Dual-zone full automatic air-conditioner. SsangYong Philippines offers the Musso in four variants: SsangYong Musso Grand 2.2 4x2 MT, SsangYong Musso Grand 2.2 4x2 AT, SsangYong Musso 2.2 4x2 AT, and SsangYong Musso Grand 2.2 4x4 AT.

₱ 1,495,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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