Ssangyong muscles back into Oz
South Korean auto maker Ssangyong is loading up for a new assault on Australia, armed with a raft of new models for its local relaunch in November.
Most familiar will be the Musso dual cab, which revives the nameplate of one of the first Ssangyongs to be sold in Australia in the 1990s.
It will offer a one-tonne payload and a tray wide enough to fit a fullsized Euro pallet.
At 5095mm long, Ssangyong says the Musso offers one of the biggest interiors in its class, while a long wheelbase version will also be offered with the tray extended an extra 400mm.
Its 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel offers 133kW and 400Nm and is paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. It will have a 3000kg tow rating and a selectable 4x4 system; power is permanently sent to the rear wheels, with the front wheels kicking in as required.
High and low ratios are available depending on the conditions.
Pricing is yet to be revealed but standard features will include leather seats and digital radio, while higher grades will get an 8-inch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Ssangyong is also expanding into new segments.
The Tivoli will see the brand represented in the small SUV class and is the culmination of 42 months and $440 million of investment following Ssangyong’s merger with Mahindra and Mahindra.
It will offer a number of variants, with a choice of a 1.6-litre petrol or diesel four-cylinders engines, or two or all-wheel-drive.
The petrol can be had as a manual or automatic but is FWD only, while the diesel can be had as FWD or AWD but is auto only.
The Tivoli will have seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, active rollover protection, brake assist, hill start assist and emergency stop signal, reversing camera and rear parking sensors.
The higher ELX and Ultimate trims will get autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning system, lane keep assist and high beam assist.
A 423-litre cargo space is generous for the class.
Ssangyong is also getting in on the lucrative medium SUV segment. It will offer the Tivoli XLV, which is as wide (1798mm) as the Tivoli and has the same 2600mm wheelbase but is 45mm taller and 238mm longer.
The big payoff is in the back, where the boot grows to an impressive 720 litres. There isn’t as much choice with the longer Tivoli, with the XLV offered as either FWD or AWD but only with the Tivoli’s diesel engine, and as automatic only.
It’s starting price will likely be quite a bit above the Tivoli’s, with standard gear to include leather seats, heated front seats, leather steering wheel and gear selector, tinted glass, dual-zone air-con, auto wipers and headlights, 7-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto and more. At the top of the tree, the all-new Rexton large off-roader SUV will serve as Ssangyong’s flagship in Australia.
It sits on the same platform and uses the same diesel engine as the Musso but it is fitted with a Mercedes-Benz-sourced seven-speed automatic transmission.
It ekes an extra 20Nm from the engine to offer 420Nm, although the tow rating remains the same as the Musso.
A two-wheel-drive petrol version will also be available, offering 165kW and 350Nm, paired with a six-speed automatic and with the same tow rating as the diesel.
The Rexton comes with seven seats as standard, with the second row splitting 60:40 with a folding centre armrest to offer easier access to the third row.
Ssangyong says the layout sees 1800 litres of storage available.
At 5095mm long, Ssangyong says the Musso dual cab offers one of the biggest interiors in its class..