The Musso is a dual-cab ute with a 1300mm-long tray. There is one version of the mid-spec ELX ($35,990 driveway pricing) available: it has Rexton’s 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine (133 kW at 4000rpm and 400Nm at 1400-2800rpm) and a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission.

Beyond the base-model EX's standard package of steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, limited-slip diff, and lane-departure warning, the ELX gets a multi-media unit with 8.0-inch touchscreen (one-inch bigger than the EX's) and Apple CarPlay / Android Auto, power windows, ventilated/heated front seats, daytime running lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a tyre-pressure-monitoring system, front/rear park assist, blind-spot detection (BSD), lane-change assist (LCA), and rear cross traffic alert (RCTA).

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Note: current-stock Mussos do not have AEB but that safety tech is scheduled to be installed from December 2018 builds onwards at no extra cost over current drive-away pricing.

Bear in mind, also, that  an Aussie suspension tune is planned for the entire SsangYong range, with Musso planned as first in line for the tweaks. SsangYong Australia officials say they’re hoping that will roll out within three months.

Also on the way is a long-wheelbase, leaf-spring Musso, measuring 5400mm long and with a 1600mm tray (300mm longer than the current Musso), which is expected in the second quarter of 2019.

The Musso does not have an ANCAP rating because it has not been tested here yet.

Every Musso has a seven-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty, seven years of roadside assistance and a seven-year service-price plan.