Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc. (MFTA) introduced its new Canter FE/FG Series trucks. The company said bringing the Canter name to the North American models for the first time applies its long-standing global branding to the trucks it believes represent the future of transport technology in North America.
The truck maker said five models, covering weight ratings from Class 3 through Class 5, address virtually every vocational need from dry freight, refrigerated delivery, landscaping and delicate cargo transport to auto recovery, municipal roadwork and snow plowing.
The line includes standard chassis designs for Class 3 through Class 5 – the Canter FE125, Canter FE160 and Canter FE180 – but also extends to a 7-passenger crew cab model, the Canter FE160CC, and the only 4-wheel-drive medium-duty cabover in the industry, the FG4X4, the truck maker said.
The new 4P10 dual-overhead-cam, dual-balance-shaft, turbocharged, intercooled 4-cylinder diesel engine is coupled to an advanced Mitsubishi Fuso Duonic 6-speed, dual-clutch automated manual transmission, which the company said is the only dual-clutch transmission available in a commercial truck. The combination helps contribute to the Canter’s higher fuel economy as well as its easy operation.
Adoption of Daimler Commercial Truck’s BlueTec SCR emissions technology has brought the new drivetrain into EPA 2010 compliance, the truck maker noted. Yet because the BlueTec system treats emissions in the downstream exhaust rather than in the engine, the engine can be tuned exclusively for optimum performance and fuel economy.
For 2012, the standard-width 33.5-in. straight ladder frame has been designed with patterned holes at regular intervals along its length and height to make body mounting easier and to save weight without loss of strength. Made with 56,565 psi-yield-strength steel, this new frame provides comparable chassis stiffness and body-fitting ease as the previous FE models, at a substantially lighter weight.
According to the truck maker, the new models feature styling that goes hand-in-hand with improved function – for example, the improved aesthetic profile of the 2012 models reduces aerodynamic drag and improves stability. Compact halogen headlamps allow sculpted corner profiles, which enhance aesthetic appeal while the lamps themselves improve nighttime visibility and boost potential for improved driver safety. Smooth frontal surfaces, combined with faired character lines around the doors help to reduce wind noise, so the cabin is quieter.
The new 2012 Fuso Canters feature roomy, fully trimmed cabs that provide ample space for the driver plus two passengers to ride in comfort. The transmission shifter is mounted on the dash, with a simple, well-defined shift pattern label, and the FG4X4’s transfer case range-selector lever is mounted at dashboard height, to the left of the steering wheel, so the floor area is clear of obstructions, the truck maker said.
Turning diameter for Canter FE models with 110.2-in. wheelbase ist 34.1 ft., so maneuvering through a crowded job site or navigating tight urban streets is no problem for these new Canter FEs, according to the company. The Canter FEs also feature dual-caliper hydraulic disc service brakes with vacuum servo assist and ABS on all four wheels, while the FG4X4 uses hydraulic drum service brakes with ABS all around. All models include an electronic brake override system for added safety.
All Canter FEs and FGs include a 3-year/unlimited mileage bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 4-year/unlimited mileage rust-through warranty, and an exclusive 5-year/175,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. And the 5-year warranty includes most bolt-on components as well as wetted driveline components, the truck maker added.