Revised Fuso Canter in Europe

Following an extensive revision, the Fuso Canter is all set to enter into its next generation, featuring a dual clutch transmission, extended service intervals, increased payload and a new chassis design.

Serial production will commence at the Tramagal/Portugal plant in September, making Fuso is the first manufacturer to introduce a dual clutch transmission for trucks. The Duonic six-speed dual clutch transmission – well-known from its use in passenger cars – was designed to reduce fuel consumption and cause less wear to auxiliary equipment while providing the convenience of an automatic transmission.

“The Duonic dual clutch transmission with wear-free clutch changes gears smoothly and with virtually no interruption to road adhesion,” Daimler stated in a press release. Yet it is supposed to waive torque converter losses for which automatic transmissions are known. If required, manual shifting is also possible at any time.

The new transmission is paired with the tried-and-tested four-cylinder turbo diesel engine, which as standard complies with the Euro 5 emissions standard. Featuring a displacement of 3.0 litres, the engine is available in three power output levels of 96 kW (130 hp), 110 kW (150 hp) and 129 kW (175 hp). It is now also available with optional start/stop function. This technology helps reduce fuel consumption on short distances by up to 3 per cent. The extension of the service interval – from 30,000 to 40,000 km – is supposed to enhance the economic efficiency of the Canter series.

At the same time, the handling safety and comfort of the Canter have also been brought to new levels. The front axle on the 3.5 t variant now features independent suspension, and all Canter models have an electronic braking system. In the two top weight classes, the Canter is now offered with the optional Electronic Stability Program (ESP). In addition, it can also be supplied with optional driver and co-driver airbags.

As part of the model changes, the Fuso Canter range has been readjusted. With 3.5 t, 6.0 t (new) and 7.5 t permissible gross vehicle weights, it now covers all of the main segments of the light-duty truck sector. In addition to the gross weight classes, the permissible axle loads and frame layouts have also been redefined. Depending on the model, these are also accompanied by increases in payload of between 85 and 500 kg.

A new addition to the range is an extra-long wheelbase of 4750 mm for bodies up to 7000 mm in length, a 3.5 t Canter producing 129 kW (175 hp), and also a 3S with an overall width of just 1700 mm. Furthermore, the Fuso engineers have enhanced the body mounting ability of the Canter design thanks to new mounts, additional power take-off units and a uniform hole pattern on the frame.

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