The UK pickup market is undergoing an unprecedented change with the withdrawal of key market players such as Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Fiat and rumours surrounding the Nissan Navara. So this situation may offer an opportunity for the less popular models in the sector to make their mark and that includes the Ssangyong Musso LWB.
All the models in the Musso line-up share the same diesel engine which is a four cylinder 2.2 Euro VI delivering 177 bhp @ 3800rpm and 420Nm of torque between 1600 and 2600 rpm. Behind the engine is either a six speed manual or Aisin six speed automatic
Ssangyong Musso Dimensions
When you look at the Musso Long Wheelbase (LWB) it looks huge and the reason for this , is that it is HUGE! As can be seen in the graphic above the Ssangyong Musso LWB is by far the longest and deepest in the sector and it’s even the widest, basically it wins hands down on every other pickup on the market.
Musso LWB Weights
When it comes to weights, the Musso LWB is just as impressive as the dimensions, the Musso Auto is literally unique in this sector because its the only pickup to be able to carry over a tonne in the load bed area whilst towing 3.5 tonne legally, assuming you have the correct licence! Looking at the Rhino LWB auto it has a Gross Train Weight (GTW) of 6900kgs and a massive vehicle payload of 1140kgs whilst still retaining the capacity to tow 3500kgs.
Musso Model Line-up
The Musso has four trim levels EX, Rebel, Saracen and top of the range Rhino.
The EX features:
remote central locking
rain sensing wipers
selectable four wheel drive system
The Rebel has all the above plus :
Black & Silver Roof rails
Apple CarPlay & Google Android Auto
8″ smart audio screen with rear view camera
TPU Leather look seats
Heated and Ventilated front seats
Heated Steering Wheel
Black & Silver Side Steps
The Saracen has all the above plus:
Nappa Leather Seats
Power adjustable front seats /lumbar
Heated Rear Seats
9.2″ HD Screen with TomTom navigation
LED Daytime running,oights
Electronic cruise Control
Front & Rear parking sensors
Finally the Rhino has all the above plus:
Automatic dual zone air conditioning
TFT-LCD Supervision Cluster
Lane Change Assist
Blind Spot Detection
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Musso Prices and Warranty
Musso on the road pricing starts at £22,355 for the EX to the Rhino LWB at £30,355 exc VAT and metallic paint options. All Musso’s carry a seven years or 150,000 miles whichever comes first warranty making it one of the best on the market.
A lot of people have been waiting for the long wheel base version of the Musso and having seen it ‘in the flesh’ I can see why. Both the dimensions and weight figures stack up to making the perfect pickup , with the largest load bed in class and the ability to carry more than any other pickup. Inside there’s a high level of equipment and just a importantly there’s a quality feel to all you touch. If you’re looking for a practical pickup or a lifestyle statement and you don’t want to follow the crowd, then I recommend you look up your nearest Ssangyong dealer and have a go yourself.