The Musso is a dual-cab ute with a 1300mm-long tray. There are two versions of the base-spec EX available – one with a six-speed manual gearbox ($30,490 drive-away) and one with a six-speed automatic transmission ($32,490 drive-away) – but they both have the Rexton’s 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine (133 kW at 4000rpm and 400Nm at 1400-2800rpm).

The manual EX’s standard features include fabric seats, rear-seat child-anchor points, an infotainment unit with AM/FM radio and Bluetooth connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, limited-slip diff, 17-inch steel wheels and a full-sized spare, and lane-departure warning

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The EX auto adds the auto box to that standard package.

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 ha 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.