Ssangy­ong mus­cles back into Oz

Albany Extra - - Motoring - Sam Jeremic

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..

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