“We’re very excited for the possibilities the LWB Musso will provide the brand here in Australia,” said SsangYong Australia Managing Director Tim Smith.
“The response from dealers and customers to SWB Musso has been outstanding, but we are already fielding numerous inquiries for the LWB.”
Compared to the SWB Musso currently available, the LWB version is 310mm longer overall, with a 110mm longer wheelbase, for a total length of 5400mm.
The larger load area and employment of leaf spring rear suspension (instead of the SWB’s coil springs) raises maximum payload capacity from 790kg to 1,020kg – a 30 per cent increase. Any increases in towing capacity have not been confirmed.
Other changes include a bespoke grille, 15mm increase in height and a torque increase on the standard 2.2 turbo-diesel engine from 400Nm to 420Nm.
The LWB Musso carries the name of ‘Khan’ in its native South Korea, but whether this will be applied to Australian-delivered versions is unconfirmed. Also unconfirmed is the upcoming model’s pricing, but SsangYong Australia’s Smith says the new arrival will be available in the same model grades of EX, ELX and Ultimate as the existing SWB Musso.
Regardless of spec level, autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning will be standard. The ELX will add blind spot detection, lane departure warning and rear cross traffic alert, while the range topping Ultimate will come with a 360-degree camera.
The LWB Musso is due for Australian release in Q2, 2019.