SsangYong Berjaya Motor Philippines has unveiled a lengthened version of the SsangYong Musso called the Musso Grand, simultaneously launched with the Rexton in which the Musso line of pick-ups is based on.
The Musso is one of our highest rated pick-ups because we loved its class-leading comfort and refinement that no other pick-up can match, but because of this road-biased nature, the Musso comes with a few compromises. It will not win any awards when it comes to off-road capability, but more importantly, its comfort-biased coil spring rear suspension is only rated for carrying up to 850 kg. The new Musso Grand now features a leaf spring rear suspension which now puts it among the top of the class when it comes to payload capacity.
However, the main reason for its “Grand” name is its lengthened bed. The standard Musso already has the widest and deepest bed (its bed is wider than it is longer) in its class, but the additional length now makes the Musso Grand’s bed the longest in its class. The entire vehicle measures 5,405 mm, much longer than all of its competitors. For added functionality, the cargo bed also has a 12V socket for those impromptu tailgate parties.
Elsewhere, the Musso Grand still carries on the traits that make it one of our favorite pick-ups. It still has a plush interior featuring brown quilted leather seats with heating and ventilation, 8-way electronically adjustable driver’s seat and 4-way electronically adjustable front passenger seat, dual zone climate control, rear aircon vents, 8-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, six airbags, among other features.
To make the Musso line-up even more affordable especially for those looking for a workhorse, SsangYong introduced a 4×2 variant of the Musso Grand, which costs less than the standard Musso 4×2. Of course, this comes with fewer features such as the removal of the quilted brown leather seats, electronic seat adjustment, the infotainment system, among other things.
Engine choices are unchanged for the Musso Grand, still featuring a 2.2-liter inline-4 turbodiesel engine producing 181 hp and 420 Nm of torque. This is mated to either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, sending power to the rear (4×2 variant) or all four wheels (4×4 variant).
Pricing for the SsangYong Musso Grand starts at P1,180,000 for the 4×2 MT, P1,230,000 for the 4×2 AT, and P1,650,000 for the 4×4 AT.