2022 SsangYong Musso: Power boost, new active safety tech not bound for Australia

The updated SsangYong Musso will gain a new digital instrument cluster in March, among other features – but it will miss out on the uprated 149kW/441Nm engine and new active safety systems offered overseas.

SsangYong Australia has detailed the updates bound for the revised 2022 SsangYong Musso ute, due in showrooms in March – but local buyers will miss out on the majority of the new features available overseas, including a power/torque boost.

The updated SsangYong Musso was revealed for South Korea last week – six to nine months after the debut of a facelifted 2021 model – adding a more powerful (and more efficient) engine, electric power steering, a digital instrument cluster, and new interior and active safety features, among other features.

However, SsangYong Australia has confirmed that only a selection of interior upgrades will make their way to Australia – with the higher-output 2.2-litre diesel engine, electric power steering system, and expanded driver assistance suite not bound Down Under.

Standard across the 2022 Musso range in Australia will be a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, with other updates to include a new overhead console with LED map lights and seatbelt reminders, LED interior lights, and body-coloured exterior handles and mirrors.

The new digital instrument cluster – replacing the current car’s 7.0-inch display – will likely see prices rise over the current range, which starts from $34,990 drive-away for an entry-level ELX manual, to $42,790 drive-away for the range-topping Ultimate XLV auto.

Australia will miss out on South Korea’s updated engine, however, which boosts power and torque from the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder to 149kW and 400-441Nm – up from today’s 133kW/400-420Nm outputs (with the lower torque figure offered with the manual transmission).

The upgraded engine requires Diesel Exhaust Fluid (or AdBlue), which is stored in a separate tank below the tray. However, this tank occupies space needed to fit a full-size spare wheel – deemed a crucial inclusion, given Australia’s long distances and expansive country roads.

Interestingly, the related Rexton SUV offers similar outputs (148kW/441Nm) in Australia to the overseas 2022 Musso – from a variation of the same 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine – yet does not require AdBlue (DEF).

The omission of Korea’s power/torque boost will leave the SsangYong Musso as one of the least powerful dual-cab utes on sale in Australia – on par with the Mitsubishi Triton (133kW/430Nm), and ahead of the GWM Ute (120kW/400Nm), but behind utes from Toyota, Ford, Isuzu, Nissan and LDV.

Also not bound for Australia is the electric power steering system now available in South Korea, which enables the introduction of lane-keep assist, lane centring assist, upgraded blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems (with braking functionality), and more.

Locally-delivered models will instead retain hydraulic power steering, with lane departure warning, regular blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems (which merely detect obstacles, and cannot brake them), and autonomous emergency braking.

It means the Musso continues to join the Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara, Volkswagen Amarok, LDV T60 and other utes in not offering lane-keep assist or adaptive cruise control – compared to the latest generation of utes from Toyota, Ford, Isuzu, Mazda and GWM, which offer the technology.

“SsangYong Australia continually reviews model pricing position versus competitors prior to making any changes. This ensures we continue to offer value for money on a spec adjusted basis against other brands,” a SsangYong Australia spokesperson said in a statement.

For more details on the updates bound for the 2022 SsangYong Musso in South Korea, click here to read Drive’s full story.

The first examples of the 2022 SsangYong Musso will arrive in Australia in March, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.

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