Is there anything interesting about its design?
I criticised the shorter version of the Musso for being a bit “challenging to look at” in profile, but the longer XLV model is slightly more resolved in terms of its appearance. The front and rear are neat, and now they’re joined more convincingly.
That comes down to the fact that it manages to wear its styling elements more effectively. It is considerably longer than the regular version, and indeed is one of the bigger utes in the mix if you’re considering a Mitsubishi Triton, Ford Ranger or Toyota HiLux.
The Musso XLV measures 5405mm long (on a 3210mm wheelbase), which puts it considerably larger than the standard Musso (5095mm and a 3100mm wheelbase). The width (1840mm) is identical, while the XLV’s overall height is a touch higher (1855mm vs 1840mm).
The cut-off point at the rear of the cabin is still somewhat sharp, but the fact the tub is longer and the styling lines the run over the rear haunches have further to run help it look more convincing. Sadly, though, the tops of the rear doors have sharp edges that could catch you out in a tight parking spot. Youngsters will need to mind themselves.
A lot of dual cab utes - including the Musso XLV - have quite a high tub height, making it hard for shorter people to climb in and out, and difficult to lift in heavy loads, too. And there is no rear step bumper like you’ll find on a Ford Ranger or Mitsubishi Triton - SsangYong assures us that’s on its way at some point.
Tray dimensions are 1610mm long by 1570mm wide and 570mm deep, which according to the brand means the tray is the biggest of its segment. SsangYong says the cargo hold has a capacity of 1262 litres, and the XLV has 310mm of extra tray length available compared to the SWB model.
The longer tray also allows SsangYong to offer the choice of coil springs or leaf spring rear suspension at the back, which - to some buyers - could matter a lot more than the appearance of the ute. The smaller version of the Musso is only available with coil spring suspension.