By Stewart Smith on 2017-03-29 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
More might for Musso
KOREAN car maker SsangYong has upped the power on its Musso pick-up to give it the capability to haul up to 3.5 tonne which makes it even more capable of towing a trailer, horse box or boat.
The previous engine offered haulage capacity of up to three tonne and the new 2.2-litre turbo-diesel power unit delivers even more power.
The Musso features a newly developed Euro 6 turbo-diesel engine to meet the demand for a more powerful performance and lower CO2 emissions of 186g/km.
Maximum power is now 178bhp - up from 175bhp - and torque remains at 400Nm, coming on stream from a low of 1,400rpm and maintained up to 2,800rpm.
It is fitted with multi-link rear suspension and progressive rear coil springs which gives a relaxed and comfortable car-like ride, while also carrying over a tonne weight on its load deck.
"This is great news for customers looking for a value for money pick-up and who need to tow a heavy trailer," says Paul Williams, chief executive of SsangYong Motor UK.
"With one of the most powerful engines in its class, a refined automatic gearbox and car like ride - thanks to its multilink rear suspension, Musso sales have really taken off since its launch last autumn.
There are two models in the range. The SE includes a new-look front grille and dashboard, as well as silver finish 18-inch alloy wheels and hard wearing seat upholstery. It is priced from £16,395 excluding VAT.
The EX model is distinguished by black 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, front LED daytime running lights, leather with heated front seats, power operated driver's seat, automatic air conditioning, automatic headlights, rain sensing wipers, seven-inch touchscreen, RDS radio with iPod and Bluetooth.
The EX with manual transmission is priced at £18,395 ex VAT, and with a six-speed Aisin automatic £19,395 ex VAT.
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