Press Kit: The Mercedes-Benz range of construction vehicles
Oct 27, 2005
The new Mitsubishi Fuso Canter
  • New cab in four versions, with generous elbow and legroom
  • First cab-over-engine truck with joystick gearshift
  • New Mitsubishi Fuso RISE safety system
  • Light-duty trucks from 3.5 to 7.5 tonnes perm. GVW
  • European models built in Portugal for the past 25 years
The new Mitsubishi Fuso Canter light trucks have been entering the European markets since mid-2005. This new seventh-generation light truck range puts the focus on functionality and versatility, economy and reliability, as well as comfort and safety. Functionality is reflected above all in the Canter's payload capacity, cargo space and seating capacity. In the 7.5 t segment, the maximum payload capacity of 4890 kg (2750 mm wheelbase) is a benchmark. The cab-over-engine design also offers more cargo space for the same vehicle length. The Comfort crewcab offers seating for seven people. Versatility is reflected in a choice of four cab versions, four weight ratings from 3.5 to 7.5 tonnes perm. gross vehicle weight and numerous wheelbase versions ranging from 2500 mm to a new 4470 mm version with extra-wide frame. The cab range, comprising the slimline standard cab and wide comfort cab, both available in either single or crewcab (seven-seater) version, allows the new Canter to meet a wide spectrum of needs in delivery and transport, construction and construction supply, the trade sector, landscaping and a variety of services sectors.
First cab-over-engine truck with joystick gearshift
In addition the new Canter boasts a special feature: at its market launch in Japan it was the first cab-over-engine truck with a joystick gearshift mounted on the instrument panel. The short shift lever is located within easy reach, takes up little space and allows good access across the cab. The handbrake lever has been moved to a new position to the right of the driver's seat (LHD models).
Generous elbow and legroom in the cabs
The new Mitsubishi Fuso Canter's tilting forward-control cab puts the focus on comfort. Comprehensively revised both inside and out, the cabs are now substantially longer and taller than before and are noticeably wider at the top. A more upright front windscreen likewise adds to the spaciousness. Further comfort features include new Isringhausen suspension seats, a standard-fitted twin front passenger seat and multiple stowage compartments, including a document compartment in the instrument panel (which features new, easy-to-read instruments). As an option, overhead stowage compartments are also avail-able.
New Mitsubishi Fuso RISE safety system
Safety was a further important development focus, and is reflected in the new Mitsubishi Fuso RISE (Realized Impact Safety Evolution) cab safety technology. Amongst other things, Mitsubishi Fuso RISE comprises two diagonal side members in the doors, for side impact protection, a reinforced cab floor frame, an impact-absorbing instrument panel support and chassis members which deform longitudinally in a frontal impact.
Disc brakes all round are standard on the Mitsubishi Fuso Canter, while ABS is standard on models with gross vehicle weight ratings above 3.5 tonnes. In some markets ABS is even standard on the 3.5-tonne models. The new, optional "power ABS" package includes Brake Assist and a tandem brake booster.
Sturdy and robust: frame and axles
On economy and reliability, the Canter comes with durable four-cylinder 92 kW (125 hp) and 105 kW (143 hp) turbodiesel engines with a high mileage capability, robust five- and six-speed manual transmissions, sturdy ladder frames and twin-tyred rear axles. The front axle features new, substantially longer parabolic springs which bring benefits for handling and ride quality. The robust construction of the Canter allows Mitsubishi Fuso to provide a full three-year (or 100,000 km) warranty.
Mitsubishi Fuso is one of Asia's leading commercial vehicle manufacturers. For the past twenty-five years, European production of the Canter has been based at the Mitsubishi Fuso plant in Tramagal, Portugal. The market launch of the new-generation Mitsubishi Fuso Canter will start in May (exact launch dates depend on market).
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