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SsangYong Musso 2019 long wheelbase revealed, set for Australia

SsangYong says it has had a lot of customer intrest in a LWB version of the Musso prior to its reveal.

SsangYong has globally unveiled a long-wheelbase version of its Musso ute, set to arrive Down Under in the second quarter of this year.

The extended Musso is 310mm longer and 15mm higher than its short wheelbase (SWB) counterpart, which launched in Australia in late 2017.

Long wheelbase versions will also get heavy-duty leaf spring suspension in the rear (as opposed to the SWB’s coil-sprung rear-end) and a bespoke grille, said to be “inspired by the historic Parthenon temple of Ancient Greece”, standing it apart from the rest of the Musso range.

The long wheelbase Mussos will share the same (e-XDi220) 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine as the rest of the range, producing 133kW, with a slight boost to torque from 400Nm to 420Nm. Payload has increased 30 per cent from 790kg to 1020kg.

It will be split into the same three variants as the standard Musso - EX, ELX and Ultimate - and will come with auto emergency braking (AEB) as standard. 

Long wheelbase versions will share most of their specification with the current Musso range. (Korean market variant shown) Long wheelbase versions will share most of their specification with the current Musso range. (Korean market variant shown)

All new SsangYongs sold in Australia come with a highly competitive seven-year/unlimited kilometre warranty and matching service plan.

Pricing for the three-variant range has not yet been confirmed for Australia, and a name-change for long wheelbase variants may still be on the cards as it is called the ‘Rexton Sports Khan’ in its home-market of South Korea.

The wheelbase has increased 110mm over the standard Musso range. (Korean market variant shown) The wheelbase has increased 110mm over the standard Musso range. (Korean market variant shown)

It will be the latest model release in SsangYong’s aggressive Australian re-launch, which has already seen the arrival of the Tivoli small SUV, Rexton large SUV and Musso ute. 

SsangYong has previously said it will bring the mid-size Korando SUV to Australia in mid-2019 when the new generation model arrives and has not ruled out the return of the Stavic people-mover, either.

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