The new SsangYong Musso has a 3.5-tonne towing capacity.
The new SsangYong Musso has a 3.5-tonne towing capacity.

SsangYong return with strong pricing and improved design

KOREAN carmaker SsangYong is leaping back into the Australian car market with a trio of new models backed by a strong warranty and competitive drive-away pricing.

Matching the industry-best warranty set by Kia - seven years and unlimited kilometres - the marque ends its two-year hiatus this month with 32 dealers. The line-up includes the small Tivoli SUV that starts from $23,490, a seven-seater Rexton which begins at $39,990 and a dual-cab ute range where basement models are priced from $30,490.

SsangYong are also factory backed. The Australian operation is the brand's first factory subsidiary - SsangYong has previously only worked globally with distributors.

Safety will include autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning standard on every model. The Tivoli will, however, launch with a four-star crash rating. 

Like successful Korean brands Kia and Hyundai, SsangYong is currently preparing an Australian tuning team which will make suspension and handling changes for this market.

The tuning team make alterations to vehicle settings and suspension parts to meet specific Australian requirements.


The Tivoli XLV - an extended body model of the Tivoli compact SUV.
The Tivoli XLV - an extended body model of the Tivoli compact SUV.

Yet addressing the greatest challenge, the design of new SsangYong generation vehicles are far less gawky.

Fresh from helping launch Chinese brand Haval, new Australian SsangYong managing director Tim Smith said the marketing plan was to push the brand's rich heritage, while also show confidence and trust with a robust warranty and reliable spare parts chain.

"I don't want a flash in the pan. We are here for the long haul," he said.

SsangYong returns to an arena where there are more than 50 brands vying for attention.


The Tivoli XLV - an extended body model of the Tivoli compact SUV.
The Tivoli XLV - an extended body model of the Tivoli compact SUV.

Helping its resurrection cause is the popularity of SUVs and dual-cabs utes. SUVs are outselling passenger cars, while utes secure three of the top 10 positions on Australian sales charts.

The compact Tivoli SUV is forecast to be the biggest seller of the latest models, but Smith can see a big opportunity with the dual cab ute where he hopes to "throw a cat among the pigeons".

Musso utes, and the Rexton SUV, come with a 3.5-tonne towing capacity. Quarter two next year will also see a longer wheel base version of the Musso that Smith claims will have the biggest tray in its segment.

That will be followed by a major model change to the Tivoli, as well as an all-new mid-size SUV rumoured to be the next Korando.

An electric vehicle is earmarked for arrival in 2020.


The Tivoli XLV - an extended body model of the Tivoli compact SUV.
The Tivoli XLV - an extended body model of the Tivoli compact SUV.

Marketing manager Mitch Wiley has one of the greatest challenges ahead. Convincing Australians they can trust another brand - but the marque has already addressed its greatest hurdle. Design.

"The research has been around 18,000 cars in market. The feedback is really consistent around fuel economy and quality of product," he said.

"The previous iterations of these cars have been polarising. There are a lot of people who love what they look like and there are a lot of people that might question it, but it is in the eye of the beholder.

"When you compare it with previous product we have really fantastic looking cars across the range.

"For us to move into a model range that looks really contemporary that is going to be important for us."


The 2018 SsangYong Musso has 3.5-tonne towing capacity.
The 2018 SsangYong Musso has 3.5-tonne towing capacity.


SsangYong Tivoli drive-away price
Tivoli EX petrol M/T $23,490
Tivoli EX petrol A/T $25,490
Tivoli ELX petrol A/T $27,490
Tivoli ELX diesel A/T $29,990
Tivoli Ultimate AWD Diesel A/T $33,990
Tivoli Ultimate AWD Diesel A/T Two Tone $34,490

SsangYong Tivoli XLV drive-away price
Tivoli XLV ELX Diesel 2WD $31,990
Tivoli XLV Ultimate Diesel AWD $34,990
Tivoli XLV Ultimate Diesel AWD two-tone $35,490

SsangYong Rexton drive-away price
Rexton EX 2WD petrol A/T $39,990
Rexton ELX AWD diesel A/T $46,990
Rexton Ultimate AWD diesel A/T $52,990

SsangYong Musso drive-away price
Musso EX M/T $30,490
Musso EX A/T $32,490
Musso ELX A/T $35,990
Musso Ultimate A/T $39,990


SsangYong Musso

RICE EX (m) $30,490, EX (a) $32,490, ELX (a) $35,990, Ultimate (a) $39,990 drive-away

WARRANTY/SERVICING 7yr unlimited km wty, servicing intervals annual or every 20,000km

ENGINE 2.2-litre 4cyl turbo diesel 133kW/400Nm

SAFETY Six airbags, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, ELX models add Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), while the Ultimate comes with 360° camera for enhanced safety.

SPARE Full size

THIRST 7.9-8.6L/100km

CARGO 3.5 tonne towing, towball 350kg, payload 790kg, 1300x1570x570mm bed  

SsangYong Rexton

PRICE EX Petrol $39,990, ELX Diesel AWD $46,990, Ultimate Diesel AWD $52,990.

WARRANTY/SERVICING 7yr unlimited km warranty, servicing intervals annual or every 20,000km

ENGINES 2.0-litre 165kW/350Nm 4cyl turbo petrol; 2.2-litre 4cyl turbo 133kW/420Nm diesel.

SAFETY 6 airbags, AEB, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and High Beam Assist (HBA); ELX and Ultimate add two rear side airbags and a driver's knee airbag, Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Lane Change Assist (LCA). 

THIRST Petrol 10.4L/100km; Diesel 8.3L/100km.

SPARE Full size 

CARGO 1806 litres all seats flat, 1477 60% flat, 1201 40%, 649 seats up. second row flat; 3500kg towing, towball 350kg  

SsangYong Tivoli

PRICE EX (m) $23,490, EX (a) $25,490, ELX (a) $27,490, ELX diesel (a) $29,990, Ultimate diesel (a) $33,990, Ultimate 2-Tone diesel (a) $34,490.

WARRANTY/SERVICING 7yr unlimited km wty, servicing intervals annual or every 20,000km

ENGINES 1.6-litre 94kW/160Nm 4cyl petrol; 1.6-litre 85kW/300Nm 4cyl turbo diesel.

SAFETY 7 airbags, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, ELX and Ultimate gain AEB, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane Keep Assist and High Beam Assist.

THIRST Petrol 6.6-7.2L/100km; diesel 5.5-5.9L/100km.

SPARE Space saver, full size on Ultimate 

CARGO 423 litres