The upgrades planned for the upgraded SsangYong Musso in 2022 have been disclosed by SsangYong Australia. Last week, the revised SsangYong Musso was unveiled in South Korea, with a more powerful and economical engine, electronic power steering, a digital instrument cluster, as well as improved interior and active safety systems.
The higher-output 2.2-litre diesel engine, electronic power steering system, and extended driver aid suite will not be heading for Australia, according to SsangYong Australia.
However, Australia will be without South Korea's upgraded engine, which increases power and torque from the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder to 199 horsepower and 400Nm.
AdBlue, a diesel exhaust fluid, is required by the improved engine and is stored in a separate tank beneath the tray. This tank takes up the space required for a full-size spare wheel.
Surprisingly, the comparable Rexton SUV, which uses a variant of the same 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine as the international Musso, produces similar outputs in Australia but does not require AdBlue.
The SsangYong Musso will be one of the least powerful dual-cab utes on the market in Australia due to the lack of a power/torque bump from Korea.
A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster will be standard across the Musso range in Australia by 2022, along with a redesigned overhead console with LED map lighting and seatbelt reminders, LED interior lights, and body-colored exterior handles and mirrors.
Prices for the new digital instrument cluster are expected to climb over the present range, which starts at $34,990 drive-away for an entry-level ELX manual and tops out at $42,790 drive-away for the Ultimate XLV auto.
The electric power steering technology already available in South Korea, which allows for the addition of lane-keep assist, lane centring aid, enhanced blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert systems, is also not going for Australia.
Hydraulic power steering, lane departure warning, frequent blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, and automated emergency braking will be standard on locally delivered vehicles.
The 2022 SsangYong Musso will make its debut in Australia in March, with price to be disclosed closer to launch.