The SsangYong Musso long wheelbase LWB will be arriving in UK dealerships at the end of 2019, Professional Pickup can EXCLUSIVELY REVEAL. The new model variant is 310mm longer than the current version and has longest load bed of any double-cab pickup.
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Since going on sale in 2018, the second-generation SsangYong Musso has fallen short when it comes to load space capacity which has no doubt hampered sales, especially with the commercial opertors. At 1,300mm long, its 185mm shorter than the Isuzu D-Max’s load bed – the next shortest of all double-cabs.
SsangYong Musso LWB alterations
However, SsangYong has come up with a more practical solution for work-minded buyers. While virtually everything forward of the C-Pillar remains the same, the Korean manufacturer has developed a 310mm longer bed, extended the wheelbase by 110mm and replaced the softer coil springs with more rugged leaf spring suspension at the rear.
The result is a double-cab pickup with a load bed length of 1,610mm – 32mm longer than the current longest (Mercedes-Benz X-Class and Nissan Navara). The bed width remains the same at 1,500mm (1,110mm between the wheelarches), as does the extremely high side wall (up to 600mm).
From front to rear, the SsangYong Musso LWB is a 310mm increase on the current model at 5,405mm. The overall height also increases slightly (15mm) to 1,855mm, although the width remains the same again (2,175mm with the mirrors).
The front-end design also receives the mildest of refreshes. The horizontal chrome bar that epitomises the current grille has been replaced by one that features 10 vertical chrome strips that have been “inspired by the historic Parthenon temple of ancient Greece”…right lads!
Long wheelbase or short wheelbase?
The advantages go a lot further than the obvious practical feature of being able to fit more items in; the greater distance between the front and rear axles allows for a more comfortable ride and for more stability when towing.
The most apparent disadvantage is that it will be harder to park in confined spaces and less maneuverable. Additionally, it won’t be as agile off-road, with the longer wheelbase more prone to ‘beaching’ and the longer rear overhang more susceptible to getting scraped.
Pricing and availability
Prices have yet to be confirmed but we can expect a moderate price increase of a couple of thousand to around £22,500 to £27,500 plus VAT. They will arrive into SsangYong dealers in around November 2019; which currently number around 65, but this is expected to increase to around 90 by the end of 2020. The SsangYong Musso LWB is back by the sector’s best warranty of seven years, 150,000 miles.
SsangYong Musso Long Wheelbase technical information
Engine: SsangYong 2,157cc 4-cylinder engine
Output: 179hp at 4,000rpm / 400 at 1,400-2,800
Transmission: 6-speed manual or 6-speed ‘Aisin’ automatic
Towing capacity: TBC
Overall length: 5,405mm
Overall width: 2,175mm
Overall height: 1,855mm
Load bed length: 1,610mm
Side wall height: 600mm
Load bed width: 1,500mm
Loading height: 1,110mm