New Fuso Canter in official Japanese launch

New model gets a 'tech and conceptual update' for first time in a decade


Fuso’s eCanter may be front and centre of recent developments but its traditional Canter model has seen a new upgrade launched in Japan, where it will be available next month.

The new Canter is the first light-duty truck in Japan to come standard with the advanced safety feature Active Sideguard Assist, which alerts when it detects a risk of collision when the driver is steering to the left or has turned on the left-turn signal.

This joins the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) already included in the previous model.

The new Canter also features a redesigned face that combines historical brand design cues, an agility reflective of light-duty transport, and a “Modern and Solid” concept, while the sleek lines of the cab integrate LED headlights and represent both a technological and conceptual update after 10 years, Fuso’s parent company Daimler explains.

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The updated model comes with the Fuso Truckonnect telematics platform, which has already been introduced to Fuso’s heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks, as well as the eCanter.

The 96kW (130hp) 4P10 (T2) engine comes with a six-speed Duonic 2.0 transmission.

The truck also features a keyless press-and-turn engine switch and an Easy Access System, where “drivers can lock or unlock the vehicle by simply pressing a switch on the door handle, as long as the remote key is in the vicinity of the door”.

“Over the past decades, MFTBC [Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation] has made continuous improvements to its light-duty truck in order to cater to customer needs,” a Daimler statement notes.

“This iteration of the Canter, with its upgraded design, advanced safety features, and connectivity functions, aims to bring a new level of safety and efficiency on the road.”


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