The newest addition to Latvia’s pick-up range is the Musso model of the Korean manufacturer Ssangyong, which was tested by Oskars Krampāns, the director of Autoriepu Nama and a former 4×4 competition participant, in these Autozinės on road and light off-road.
He says that not only functionality is important for a modern pick-up truck, but also appearance, because the days when such cars got by with a steering wheel and turn signals are long gone.
Unfortunately, the days when the selection of pickup trucks was wide enough for different tastes and budgets are also gone. Even the prices of used pickups have skyrocketed. Under these circumstances, the Ssangyong Musso’s starting price of €36,000 seems fair, to say the least. The demonstration car of the Ssangyong dealer Andre Motors is, however, 10,000 euros more expensive, as it represents the highest configuration Quartz. Ssangyong Musso can have two different rear suspensions – with coil springs or flat springs, leaf springs, or so-called “leaf springs”.
In the second variant, the load capacity of the pickup truck is 300 kg higher. With the usual flat springs, the Musso has a lifting capacity of one ton, while the curb weight can reach 3.2 tons. Models with coil springs are lighter by 3 tons, but the lifting capacity is also lower, 700 – 750 kg. The weight is also affected by the fact that flat springs are only available for the longest version of the Musso Grand pickup. It is almost half a meter longer than Musso’s regular one. Both have a double cab, only the length of the cargo box differs. Musso is equipped with a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine. It has a power of 202 hp. A torque of 400 newton meters is required in bezels, as well as for successful towing of trailers. The permissible total weight of the trailer is 3 tons. Unlike its technically related SUV, the Ssangyong Rexton, the pickup has a six-speed automatic transmission instead of an eight-speed one. See more in the TV Autozinu plot.
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