SsangYong Musso 290S SUT:
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SsangYong Motor Company
SsangYong Musso Libero
TagAZ Road Partner
1993–2005 (South Korea)
Pyeongtaek, South Korea
Taganrog, Russia (TagAZ)
Lublin, Poland (DMP)
Tehran, Iran (Morattab)
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Mekong Auto)
Jakarta, Indonesia (Indobuana Autoraya)
Ssangyong Actyon Sports (for Musso Sports)
2.3 L I4
2.9 L I5 Diesel (optional SST turbo in Australia)
3.2 L I6
The SsangYong Musso is a SUV manufactured by the South Korean automobile manufacturer SsangYong Motor Company, from 1993 to 2005. "Musso" means Rhinoceros in Korean.
First produced in 1993, the car was available with either a petrol 3.2-litre inline six-cylinder Mercedes-Benz M104 engine, a Mercedes-Benz M111 engine 2.3-litre inline four-cylinder petrol engine, or a Mercedes-Benz OM602 engine five-cylinder, 2.9-litre diesel engine. The car was designed by Briton Ken Greenley and received the Auto Design Award from the Birmingham Auto Show hosted in 1994 and 1996. Also known for its off-road abilities, the vehicle won the Pharaohs Rally of Egypt for 4WD vehicles in October 1994. A facelifted version has been available since 1998.
The Musso seats five people and its wheels are fit for off-road driving, similar to its smaller sibling, the Korando. The SsangYong Musso Sports, a Musso variant with a truck bed, was released in later years.
The Musso is available in Russia as TagAZ Road Partner, produced by TagAZ in Taganrog, Russia (since 2008) and also in Iran as Musso, produced by Moratab Khodro Co. (since 2003). It was sold in Vietnam by Mekong Auto Corporation from 1997 to 2005.
As SsangYong had a technology-sharing deal with Mercedes-Benz at the time, the decision was made to sell the Musso as a badge-engineered Mercedes-Benz model in some markets. This allowed SsangYong to gain footholds in new markets without having to build their own infrastructure (utilizing existing Mercedes-Benz networks) while giving Mercedes a competitor in the then-booming SUV market.