Worlds collide in Musso


It could be the quintessential crossover vehicle offering a ute tray, four-door five-seat passenger compartment and genuine 4WD capability.

That makes the dual cab Ssangyong Musso Sports 4WD a multi-mode vehicle, something that can be used for work and play across a broad spectrum of applications.
A 2WD version is also available.

It's basically the SsangYong Musso wagon with the rear roof section hived off and a bulkhead fixed behind the rear seats.

The formula is so simple its surprising other manufacturers haven't used it but the donor vehicle needs a ladder chassis.

The Musso Sports, as sold here, is powered by an 88kW, five cylinder, 2.9-litre, Mercedes-Benz licensed turbo diesel engine hooked up to a five speed manual or optional four speed automatic transmission.

The 4WD model offers selectable 4WD with high range 2WD and low and high range 4WD at the flick of a button on the dash.

The Musso 4WD wagon was around for ages and was replaced earlier this year by the more stylish Rexton wagon complete with an engine upgrade to the 2.7-litre five cylinder diesel.

But there was obviously some life left in the Musso and it is now available at tempting price and sales are ticking over.

All versions have a limited slip rear differential for added grip.

Central locking, power windows, full size spare tyre, a driver's air bag, electric exterior mirrors are numbered among the Sport's features. The audio is a radio/cassette player.

This handy vehicle will take the family on a trip, carry plenty in the deep ute tray and can comfortably go off road, properly off road that is.

It's from the 4WD old school with a ladder chassis, a feature that would be viewed favourably by many potential buyers.

Musso Sports has adequate performace around town and on the highway with excellent fuel economy easy to attain. The ride is fairly firm reflecting the Sport's working heritage. The front suspension for example is by torsion bars just like most one tonne utes.

But the rear is a coil spring, five link setup with a rigid differential.

If you are content to roll along at a reasonable clip, the Sport will not disappoint and you'll only have to visit the servo once in a while with around 9.0l/100km economy on tap.

It rides high and has quite a step up into the cab.

The interior has a fairly generic look but is comfortable and the controls are easy to use.A range of options is available including ABS, side steps, alloy wheels, woodgrain dash and leather.


- Source from News Limited Community Newspapers, Australia (Dec 10, 2004) -