- Rexton-based pickup gets a larger load area
- SsangYong stretches the Musso to a grand 5.4m
- Load bed grows to 1,610mm, leaf springs replace coils
At the 2019 Geneva motor show SsangYong revealed a new, distinct model for the Musso range. Already known in South Korea as the SsangYong Rexton Sports Khan, evoking the idea of conquering vast swathes of Asia, the European name of Musso Grand is, if nothing else, reasonably descriptive of the stretched pickup even if it falls short of evoking the idea of conquering vast swathes of the lifestyle pickup market.
What is the SsangYong Musso Grand?
The double cab body appears unchanged from the existing, 5.1m-long Musso that is one of the shortest 4x4 pickups offered in the UK currently - a statistic which inevitably means it has one of the shortest load beds too, at 1,300mm. Stretching the Musso Grand by 310mm involves both a longer wheelbase and a longer load tray; from the shortest, to one of the longest load bays in this class.
What's different about the Ssanyong Musso Grand?
Full details have yet to be confirmed, but the width and height appear to be unchanged, bestowing a 1,610 x 1,570 x 600mm cargo space upon the Musso Grand's new chassis.
How new? Rather than the Rexton-derived five-link coil suspension and solid axle, there's an old-school leaf-spring setup. As the body insulation and structure is identical to the existing SWB Musso, we'd expect little change in refinement; crucially SsangYong has yet to confirm the load capacity of European Musso Grands.
As the current Musso (automatic, at least) is capable of carrying a full tonne while towing 3,500kg, any reduction could be seen to reduce the appeal of the LWB model, but away from Top Trumps battles, the extra length will give the Musso Grand a significant advantage for lifestyle pickup buyers.
A new grille design on the Khan that would suit UK-market SsangYongs well, and an uprated engine tune for 420Nm peak torque, complete the transformation of SsangYong's Musso from the smallest, to the longest truck.
When does the SsangYong Musso Grand go on sale, and how much?
SsangYong UK have yet to confirm details of the Musso Grand, but suggest it will be available later in 2019. We'd expect the Musso Grand to cost more than the SWB model.