Fuso Canter – agility and high payload capacity
13 February 2019
Robust construction, durable components and high payload characterise the Fuso Canter in the 3.5 t to 8.55 t permissible gross vehicle weight range
Compact cabs in cab-over-engine design
Canter 4x4 for off-road operation
The Fuso Canter complements the Mercedes-Benz product range below the Atego. It has earned a good reputation among compact trucks as a rugged, resilient workhorse. Its robust construction, high payload and great manoeuvrability have contributed to this. These qualities of the Canter are particularly useful in the arduous work in the building and the building materials industry. The Canter is able to switch between roads, gravel tracks and construction sites even when carrying a full crew of up to seven in its crewcab.
An outstanding feature of the Fuso Canter is the great diversity of the available cabs. The Comfort cab is 2.00 m wide and offers room for three occupants. Meanwhile, the Standard single cabin with a width of just 1.70 m promises more manoeuvrability. It is available in conjunction with the Canter with gross vehicle weights of 3.5 t and 6.0 t. The cab's level-floor and the space-saving gear lever make through-cab access easier. The cab-over-engine design of the Canter allows perfect use of space, while correspondingly short wheelbases minimise the turning circle. A three-way tipper body is also available ex works.
At Bauma, Fuso will be presenting a cross-section of its product range with three construction-specific vehicles in the open-air grounds next to Hall B4. Available in various weight classes, the Fuso Canter is one of the all-rounders among light trucks. With a permissible gross vehicle weight of 3.5 tonnes, it can be driven by anyone who holds a valid passenger car driving licence. As a 6.0-tonner, the Canter convinces with its slender cab and great manoeuvrability. As a 7.49-tonne truck, the Canter can be driven toll-free on the roads of Germany. It can be driven by all holders of the previous (German) Class 3 driving licence. Finally, as an 8.55-tonner, the Canter boasts a payload that is second to none and can only be found in higher weight classes elsewhere. Depending on the model, the chassis has a load-carrying capacity of up to six tonnes. The high variability of the Canter is clearly demonstrated by the additional variants with all-wheel drive and the fully-electric eCanter.
Compact diesel engine with modern technology
An equally powerful and robust four-cylinder turbo diesel engine with 3.0 l displacement powers the 3.5 to 8.55 tonne trucks. The engine is equipped with state-of-the-art technology: two overhead camshafts with chain drive, common rail injection with piezo injection nozzles, four valves per cylinder and turbocharging with variable turbine geometry. Three output levels are available for the engine. It starts at an output of 96 kW (130 hp) and 300 Nm maximum torque, continues with 110 kW (150 hp) and 370 Nm to end at 129 kW (175 hp) output and 430 Nm torque.
Shifting yourself or letting the automatic transmission do it for you
Power transmission is carried out as standard by a five-speed manual transmission with joystick shift lever on the dashboard. If you don't want to do it yourself, you can alternatively order the fully automatic Duonic 2.0 dual-clutch transmission at extra cost. It is available for almost all models and is standard in the Canter with a permissible gross vehicle weight of 8.55 t. The Duonic transmission shifts the gears at lightning speed without interrupting the power flow; it also serves to protect major assemblies as well as reducing fuel consumption.
The transmission relieves the driver on short distances and combines the comfort of an automatic transmission with torque converter with the economy of a manual transmission. In addition, Duonic includes a crawler function. This is advantageous in stop-start traffic and allows manoeuvring at low speeds by simply operating the brake pedal.
The Canter 4x4 for off-road operation
For off-road applications, the Fuso Canter can be ordered with engageable all-wheel drive. Standard equipment includes a self-locking differential lock on the rear axle and a reduction gear for maximum propulsive force. Ground clearance has been increased by up to 320 mm over that of the 4x2 models. In sum, this leads to remarkable off-road driving characteristics. The Canter 4x4 is equipped with drum brakes all-round to suit the tough operations it will face. The 4x2 road version, on the other hand, is equipped with disc brakes on all axles. The Canter 4x4 hits the road with the top engine of 129 kW (175 hp) as standard. The chassis of the 6.5-tonne truck offers a payload of up to 3685 kg. A permissible rear axle load of 6.0 t serves as proof of the robustness of the all-wheel-drive vehicle. At the same time, it ensures overloading capability in tough off-road use.
Source: Daimler Communications