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2022 SsangYong Musso to get power boost, more tech – report


SsangYong’s Musso ute could undergo another update less than 12 months after its exterior facelift, with new technology, new features and more power and torque.

The 2022 SsangYong Musso ute could be set for more power, more technology and a longer list of safety features, if new images are to believed.

Images of an internal South Korean product presentation published by Autospy indicate the Musso will undergo a significant technology and performance update in 2022, less than a year after SsangYong treated its ute to a facelift, with a restyled front end, new wheel designs, and LED tail-lights.

Leading the upgrades is said to be an updated 2.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine under the bonnet, now developing 149kW and 441Nm – up from 138kW and 420Nm in Korean models, or 133kW and 400 to 420Nm in Australian models (depending on transmission).

Expected to be fitted to the same choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, the upgraded engine – a version of which was introduced in the related Rexton SUV earlier in 2021, developing 148kW and 441Nm – meets the latest Euro 6d emissions standards. A six-speed automatic is retained in the Musso, rather than the Rexton’s eight-speed unit.

The Korean bulletin references an ‘ISG’ system which, given it’s exclusive to models with an automatic transmission (and four-wheel drive), appears to refer to a start-stop system (or Idle, Stop and Go), rather than an integrated starter-generator, which would form part of a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.

Above: 2021 SsangYong Musso.

When buyers aren’t enjoying the increase in grunt, the leaked image indicates they will experience a new electric power steering system – replacing the current hydraulic unit – enabling the fitment of lane-keep assist and lane centring assist for the first time, rather than the current model’s lane departure warning function.

Other new safety features are claimed to include braking functionality for the rear cross-traffic alert system, safe distance warning (though seemingly not adaptive cruise control), and an updated autonomous emergency braking system with new front camera modules.

Inside, updates are said to include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster (replacing the existing 7.0-inch display and analogue dials), heated rear seats, LED interior lights, a reshaped overhead console, and three available drive modes for the electric steering. There’s also mention of a Dynamic Package.

There’s no word on when the 2022 SsangYong Musso update would launch, though the Autospy page indicates it will be a 2022 model – suggesting we’ll hear more about it in the coming months.

Drive has contacted SsangYong Australia for comment, and will update this story with its response.

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020.

Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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