Is there anything interesting about its design?
If you look at the Musso front on, it looks good. From directly at the rear, yep, it’s pretty nice. Even from the front and rear three-quarter angles, it’s not bad. But in profile, it’s pretty challenging to look at.
The C-pillar, which is where the donor SUV’s cabin is cut off very abruptly, is made up of a sharp line that drops down behind the back seat, at the point where the cab and tub meet.
It is pretty crude - not just due to the fact that it looks weird with such a short tub (there will be a long version of the Musso, which we saw some images of, and it looks a little bit smarter) - but also because the rear doors have sharp edges at the top of them that could prove frustrating to owners: I hit my arm on the edge a few times when trying to access the back seat in a tight parking space, and I just fear that young children might cop a knock to their shoulder or head, if they’re not careful.
The tub also sits quite high - that’s not unusual for a dual cab ute, but the Musso has a very deep tray (570mm) so loading things in and out may be difficult for shorter drivers… especially if the lift kit is an option!
The front-end design, however, is undeniably attractive - it’s essentially the Rexton’s nose, with a nice set of sculpted headlights (halogens, unfortunately) with LED daytime running lights. The grille has some nice form to it, and so does the front bumper. The wheels - expected to be 18-inch rims, and maybe with optional 20s - looked pretty smart, too.
The Musso’s dimensions are as follows: 5095mm long (on a 3100mm wheelbase), 1960mm wide and 1825mm tall. That makes it small for a dual cab ute. But that’s for the short version, which will launch first in November - and it will only come with a coil-spring rear suspension set-up, similar to the Nissan Navara. The load bed is small at 1300mm long, 1570mm wide and 570mm deep.
There will be a Musso model with a longer tray (and the choice of coil springs or leaf springs in the rear) that measures 5400mm total will be offered. Tray dimensions are expected to be 1595mm long by 1570mm wide and 570mm deep.