SsangYong unveils Musso LWB
SsangYong has revealed its new long-wheelbase Musso that will bring one of the largest ute trays to the segment.
Confirmed to land in Australia around April 2019, the Musso long-wheelbase model is likely to be badged with a new name – currently called the Khan in its home market – and will be longer than most utes available here.
Measuring 5400mm long with a 110mm longer wheelbase and 310mm extra rear overhang, it will pip the Toyota Hilux (5330mm) and Ford Ranger (5362mm), as well as the competitively-priced LDV T60 (5365mm). Compared to the Musso SWB currently on sale in Australia, the tray grows from 1300mm to 1700mm long.
It also brings a fresh design upfront that the South Korean maker says was inspired by the Parthenon in Greece.
Other changes over the shorter Musso include a leaf-sprung rear rather than coil sprung setup, true one-tonne payload rated at 1020kg and a 15mm higher ride height.
Model trim will echo the Musso with EX, ELX and Ultimate grades that span a price range from $30,490 to $39,990 driveaway in the shorter Musso. SsangYong Australia has not confirmed pricing for the LWB yet, but local managing director Tim Smith told Drive late last year he expected pricing will not be far removed from the shorter Musso, keeping it competitive and undercutting most rivals.
Ensuring it appeals further will be automated emergency braking and forward collision warning included as standard on all models, while ELX and Ultimate gain features including lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic warning and 360-degree cameras.
The same 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine is carried over from the Musso but tuned to deliver 20Nm more torque, producing a total output of 133kW and 420Nm at 1400rpm through either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.
Smith added that response to the revived brand’s new Musso in Australia has been positive, and the long-wheelbase will likely add an important selling point to trade and farm buyers.
"The response from dealers and customers to SWB Musso has been outstanding, but we are already fielding numerous inquiries for the LWB.
"We're still locking down pricing but, as we demonstrated with the SWB version, we're confident Australian customers can expect fantastic value for money."
Alex Rae is Drive’s Melbourne based reporter with over 10 years’ experience in the automotive industry as a photographer and journalist. Having studied both engineering and the arts, Alex understands what makes things tick while appreciating that sometimes it’s all about form over matter…