SsangYong Musso

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SsangYong Musso
Ssangyong Musso Genf 2018.jpg
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size SUV (1993–2005)
Mid-size pickup truck (2018–present)
Body style5-door SUV (1993–2005)
4-door double cab (2018–present)
LayoutFR layout
F4 layout

The SsangYong Musso is a mid-sized SUV or pickup truck manufactured by the South Korean automaker SsangYong from 1993. The name "Musso" means rhinoceros in Korean.[1]

The Musso SUV was a result of collaboration between SsangYong and Daimler-Benz. The car's design was styled by Ken Greenley.[2] The car has a double cab pick-up version named Musso Sports. The SUV produced from 1993 to 2005, and the pick-up produced from 2002 to 2005.

In Geneva 2018, SsangYong's new pickup truck was revealed, with the Musso nameplate.[3] It features SsangYong's new body-on-frame platform, which shares with the SsangYong Rexton.[4]

Musso SUV (FJ; 1993–2005)[edit]

SsangYong Musso (SUV)
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Also calledDadi Musso (China)
Daewoo Musso (Germany, Iceland & United Kingdom)
Mercedes-Benz Musso
Morattab Musso (Iran)
SsangYong Musso Libero (Vietnam)
SsangYong MJ (France)
TagAZ Road Partner (Russia)
SsangYong Korando Family (Spain)
Production1993–2005 (South Korea)
1997–2005 (Vietnam)
2001–2006 (China)
2003–2007 (Iran)
2008–2011 (Russia)
AssemblyPyeongtaek, South Korea
Taganrog, Russia (TagAZ)[5]
Tehran, Iran (Morattab)
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Mekong Auto)
Jakarta, Indonesia (Indobuana Autoraya)
DesignerKen Greenley
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size SUV
Body style5-door SUV
RelatedSsangYong Musso Sports
Engine2.3 L M111.970/M111.974/M111.984 I4 (petrol)[6]
3.2 L M104 I6 (petrol)
2.3 L OM601 I4 (diesel)
2.9 L OM602 I5 (diesel)
Wheelbase2,630 mm (103.5 in)
Length4,640 mm (183 in) (1993–1998)
4,656 mm (183.3 in) (1998–2005)
Width1,850 mm (73 in) (1993–1998)
1,864 mm (73.4 in) (1998–2005)
Height1,735 mm (68.3 in)
PredecessorSsangYong Korando Family
SuccessorSsangYong Kyron
SsangYong Rexton
1993–98 SsangYong Musso, front view
1993–98 SsangYong Musso, rear view
1998–05 SsangYong Musso, front view
1998–05 SsangYong Musso, rear view

First produced in 1993, the Musso SUV was available with either a petrol 2.8 and 3.2-litre inline six-cylinder Mercedes-Benz M104 engine, a Mercedes-Benz M111 engine 2.3-litre inline four-cylinder petrol engine, or a 2.3-litre four-cylinder and 2.9-litre five-cylinder diesel engines (Mercedes-Benz OM601 and OM602) with natural aspiration or turbo intercooler (from 1997). The car was designed by Briton Ken Greenley and received the Auto Design Award from the Birmingham Auto Show hosted in 1994 and 1996. Also known for its off-road abilities, the vehicle won the Rallye des Pharaons for 4WD vehicles in October 1994. A facelifted version has been available since 1998.[7]

The Musso seats five people, a folding trunk seat is avaliable in rare models for a total of seven.[which?][citation needed] The wheels are fit for off-road driving, similar to its smaller sibling, the Korando. The SsangYong Musso Sports, a Musso variant with a truck bed, was released in later years.

The Musso is available in Iran as Musso, produced by Morattab Khodro Co. (since 2003). It was sold in Vietnam by Mekong Auto Corporation from 1997 to 2005.

Mercedes-Benz Musso[edit]

As SsangYong had a technology-sharing deal with Mercedes-Benz at the time, the decision was made to sell the Musso as a badge-engineered Mercedes-Benz model in some markets. This allowed SsangYong to gain footholds in new markets without having to build their own infrastructure (utilizing existing Mercedes-Benz networks) while giving Mercedes a competitor in the then-booming SUV market.[8]

TagAZ Road Partner[edit]

Russian automotive assembly TagAZ plant in Taganrog produced the Musso from 2008 to 2011 as TagAZ Road Partner. The car was facelifted in 2009.

Musso Sports (P100; 2002 - 2005)[edit]

SsangYong Musso Sports
2005 SsangYong Musso Sports utility (2015-05-29) 01.jpg
Also calledSsangYong Sports
SsangYong Musso SUT
Daewoo Musso Sports
Mercedes-Benz Musso Sports
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size pickup truck
Body style4-door double cab
SuccessorSsangYong Actyon Sports
2005 SsangYong Musso Sports utility (2015-05-29) 02.jpg

The P100 series Musso Sports is a dual cab pickup truck version of the Musso SUV produced from 2002 to 2005. It features a Mercedes-Benz designed engine and gearbox and seats five. Later models also had a turbo diesel option as well as others like a canopy, 'fins', extra tail lights, a chrome trim and an extra row of wheels to hold more weight.

Musso Pick-up (Q200; 2018 - present)[edit]

SsangYong Musso (pick-up)
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Also calledSsangYong Rexton Sports (South Korea)[9]
SsangYong Rhino (New Zealand)[10]
SsangYong Rexton Sports Khan (South Korea)[11]
SsangYong Musso Grand
AssemblyPyeongtaek, South Korea
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size pickup truck
Body style4-door double cab
RelatedSsangYong Rexton
Engine2.0 L e-XGDI 200T turbo GDI I4 (petrol)
2.2 L e-XDI 220 I4-T (diesel)
Transmission6-speed manual
6-speed Aisin automatic
Wheelbase3,100 mm (122.0 in) 3,210 mm (126.4 in) (Grand)
Length5,095 mm (200.6 in) 5,405 mm (212.8 in) (Grand)
Width1,950 mm (77 in)
Height1,840 mm (72 in) 1,855 mm (73.0 in) (Grand)
PredecessorSsangYong Actyon Sports
2018 Musso pick-up
2019 Musso Grand pick-up

The Q200 series Musso is a Pickup Truck which debuted to Korean market and global market from Geneva Motor Show 2018. The car features SsangYong's new body-on-frame platform using Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS), which shares with second generation of SsangYong Rexton.[4]

The Rexton is offered with a choice of a 225-horsepower 2.0 L e-XGDI 200T petrol turbo engine or 181 horsepower 2.2 L e-XDI 220 diesel engine which shares with the Rexton and available in two-wheel or part-time four-wheel drive. It is equipped with AISIN 6-speed automatic transmission or 6-speed manual transmission.[12] The Musso pickup also provide Five-link suspension with optional Locking differential(LD).


The Musso pickup equipped with six airbags, It also features smart safety driving system including Autonomous Emergency Brake System(AEBS), Blind Spot Detection(BSD), and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert(RCTA).[13]


  1. ^ "Rhino power on wheels". bNET. 16 November 1998. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  2. ^ "The Musso: a Ssang Yong for Europe". The Independent. 1995-06-11. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  3. ^ "Geneva 2018 - Press Release" (Press release). Ssangyong.
  4. ^ a b "New SsangYong Musso pickup for 2018 – full details and pictures". Parkers. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  5. ^ "Historia". Retrieved 1 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Car Specifications - Ssangyong Musso". Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Deawoo Musso specs". Ssangyong 4WD Club of Australia. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Musso-Mercedes match was a rocky road". 18 May 2000. Retrieved 19 September 2009.
  9. ^ "2018 SsangYong Rexton Sports ute revealed". Motoring. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  10. ^ "SSANGYONG UNLEASHES THE RHINO". NZ Autocar. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  11. ^ "Ssangyong launches the new Rexton Sports with wider utility deck". Dong-A. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  12. ^ "SsangYong Musso 2018 performance".
  13. ^ "2018 SsangYong Musso safety".

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