SsangYong Rexton Sports pickup truck is based on the Rexton SUV with obvious design changes; gets updated 2.2-litre diesel engine making 184 hp
SsangYong has unveiled its latest pickup truck at the ongoing 2018 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. The images of the pickup truck christened as ‘SsangYong Rexton Sports’ had emerged online a few months back giving us a clear view of the vehicle. With its arrival, SsangYong could potentially discontinue the Korando Sports but no such confirmation are made yet.
It is also called as “Musso” in Europe and after greeting spectators at the Swiss motor show, it will go on sale in mid-2018. It looks very muscular and stylish at the same time. There is a large hexagonal front grille with a sleek horizontal chrome garnished slat. The radiator grille comes flanked by sharp swept back headlamps sporting projector units and integrated LED daytime running lights.
The front bumper appears pretty sculpted looking with wide black air intake and neatly positioned fog lamps at both ends. A chunky skid plate is also there enhancing the masculinity of the vehicle. Moving to the side profile, the pickup truck looks very stylish with its sharp character lines, large and bold looking alloy wheels along with turn indicator integrated ORVMs, blackened glass area with chrome trim. Apart from that, there are sporty roof rails.
A compact yet spacious loading deck enhances its practicality. At the back, this pickup truck features vertically positioned large taillights and a muscular bumper as well. As it appears, the pickup truck comes with generous ground clearance, clearly indicating towards its capability to run on treacherous terrain.
This vehicle will be available in two different versions, with one being the 5-metre long pone and another slightly longer at 5.4-metre. The pickup truck gets a four door cabin and it offers ample space. It sports multifunction steering wheel with silver accent, analog and digital display consisting instrument cluster and a large touchscreen infotainment system at centre console that appears flanked by vertically positioned AC vents.
On the powertrain front, SsangYong Rexton Sports draws energy from a 2.2-litre e-XDi220 LET diesel engine that is capable of churning out 187 PS of peak power and around 420 Nm of peak torque. Transmission options for the vehicle include a six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed automatic unit. The vehicle also receives a part 4WD system.
It’s due for arrival in the middle of 2018 in the UK and will rival the Mitsubishi L200 using the traditional ladder frame chassis which allows for an appreciable 3.5-tonne towing capacity and one-tonne payload limit. The new pickup truck could give up on the obsolete leaf spring rear suspension in place of coil springs and is expected to be competitively priced there. A longer load-bay version may enter in a later time.
The interior of the five-seater pickup comprises an 8.0-inch touchscreen present in the middle with radio, Bluetooth and MP3 connectivity as Apple Carplay and Android Auto are restricted to range-topping models. At regular speeds, the front axle decouples making the power being sent only to rear wheels and the torque will be delivered to the front axle only if needed.
It features adequate ground clearance of 215 mm measures 5,095 mm in length, 1,950 mm in width and stands 1,840 mm tall. The load deck on the Musso has a rear door that can be folded flat to avail space for full-on Euro wooden base pallet that is used in the transporting sector for carrying heavy loads. The Musso’s SUV sibling, Rexton, will be introduced this year in India as the Rexton will be re-badged as a Mahindra.