FUSO’s updated version of its venerable Canter light truck, which includes a redesigned cabin plus enhanced safety and comfort features, is now on sale in Britain.
The new Canter is, like its predecessor, available in four weight classes (3.5-8.55 tonnes), eight wheelbases (2,500mm to 4,750mm), and with three engine output variants (130hp to 175hp).
For the first time in Britain, the 3.5-tonne Canter will be available with a narrower, 1.7m-wide S (standard) cabin, in addition to the established 2.0m width of the C (comfort) cab. Crewcab variants will continue to be offered in several weight classes.
FUSO also provides increased flexibility for bodybuilders with a new wheelbase of 3,400mm for the new-to-the-UK 3S models. With the newly developed compact exhaust system, the new FUSO Canter meets the Euro VI–Step E emission standard.
The new Canter features a revised face that combines historical brand cues with a modern design, according to the company. The sleek lines of the cabin integrate optional LED headlights and represent a technological and conceptual update after 10 years.
Thanks to improved insulation, the new Canter cab has low interior noise level, as well as good all-around visibility, which has been designed for city manoeuvring. The Canter’s low entry height and easy cross-cab access is designed to support truck drivers, especially those engaged in distribution.
The new Canter can be ordered with the advanced safety feature Sideguard Assist. This detects moving vulnerable road users on the passenger side of the truck through radar sensors. The system emits alerts if it detects any risk of collision when the driver is steering towards the passenger side or has applied the left-turn indicator. The previous model featured Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) and Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS); Sideguard Assist now provides further safety support. Other enhancements include optional LED headlights with 30% better visibility, a new Autolight function, and reinforced rear underrun protection that minimises the impact in the event of an accident.
This new-generation Canter is available to order from Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK dealers across the country. Production at the FUSO plant in Tramagal, Portugal, is set to begin in December.