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Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 4x4 dual-range returns

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Mitsubishi Fuso is reinstating a popular go-anywhere version of its Canter 4x4 with dual-range gearbox.

The Japanese brand recently introduced the latest generation Canter 4x4 and although the new model brought a wide range of improvements it was missing the low range gearing that gave the previous models remarkable off-road capability.

Mitsubishi Fuso has accepted feedback, much of it from Australia, and is currently well advanced developing a new Canter 4x4 with a dual range gear set that will allow the rig to take-on the toughest terrain. It is currently referred to as the ‘high-low gear’ version.

The company will also continue to sell the existing Canter 4x4 that does without low range because it is lighter, uses less fuel and easier on its engine (at highway speeds) as it has taller gearing, which allows for easier highway cruising. This is currently called the ‘high gear’ version. It will also be cheaper, although Mitsubishi Fuso is not about to say how much less it will cost.

Mitsubishi Fuso Australia says the new Canter 4x4 without low-range is doing well and has no problem running in mild off-road conditions. It is doing particularly well in mining applications, as the selectable 4x4 system is more than capable on slippery surfaces such as gravel and dirt.

The new model has also been well accepted by many companies who turn the Canter 4x4 into a versatile camper that is not limited to tarmac roads. While it could conquer some of the meanest terrain, hop rocks and wade through deep mud, the lower gearing of the previous dual-range Canter 4x4 meant that it was not at home cruising on the highway.

Its engine revved hard to maintain 95km/h, making it a mobile chicane for many other motorists and it was far from serene in the cabin. The 4x4 model that has just been introduced benefits from a smoother-revving engine and different gearing, which allows for a theoretical top speed of 129km/h. This in turn means that cruising at 100km/h is a far more serene experience.

Mitsubishi Fuso is expecting the new ‘high-low’ model will appeal to hardcore go-anywhere campers, utility companies that need to access extremely difficult locations and rural fire services. Both the ‘high gear‘ and ‘high-low gear’ models will be available with the standard cab as well as the crew cab version.

Apart from the gearing the trucks will be essentially the same. They have a gross vehicle mass of 6500kg (including the truck and its load), which gives it best it class payload. The trucks run a 3.0-litre four-cylinder diesel that generates 110kW between 2840 and 3500revs and 370Nm between 1350 and 2840revs. It runs a variable geometry turbocharger for a more even spread of torque.

While the European version runs Selective Catalytic Reduction and requires AdBlue exhaust treatment fluid, the Australia specification gets by without it. However, it does use a Diesel Particulate Filter, which catches a range of exhaust nasties and burns them off at super high temperatures. This is an active system, working away in the background as you drive, but may also require the truck to be stopped for a manual burn-off.

A five-speed manual gearbox is the only transmission option. While the regular Canter is available with the ground breaking Duonic dual clutch automated manual gearbox, which can automatically change gears far quicker and more intuitively than a regular automated manual transmission, it is not available with the 4x4 model.

This is partly due to the fact that an automated manual is not the best solution for an off-road vehicle carrying heavy loads as both the payload and off-road capability would be compromised. A torque convertor automatic, which would be the best solution, is not available. The Canter 4x4 comes with a front airbag for the driver and passenger and a standard suspended driver’s seat.

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  • To Jenny there is a company that convert to coils for alot better ride you can also change the tyres to super single style with the appropriate load rating think hankook dynapro and maybe some of the amarican tyres have the right load rating, may need to be complianced after, ie brake test ect company is on the sushine coast i think, they will be able to do all the work, I have no connection to them (all terrain warrior)

    Glenno of Qld Posted on 15 August 2013 12:39pm
  • Jenny, Call Stratos Seating, they may be able to help you out with a suspension seat.

    Adam of Blacktown Posted on 26 July 2013 3:07pm
  • sell it fool, how stupid do you have to be to let a truck riun your life just because you like it in certain situations

    andrew of earth Posted on 12 July 2013 5:49pm
  • sell it fool

    andrew of earth Posted on 12 July 2013 5:47pm
  • How often do we need a full set of low range gears? One good crawl gear would be plenty combined with Four normal gears up to 1:1 and then a 1:1.2 overdrive would be ample.

    Steve Penrose of Hervey Bay Posted on 24 February 2013 12:44pm
  • to the above sorry to hear about your problem maybe i can help you out.i will take it off your hands for a good price.

    john swinkels of byron bay Posted on 19 February 2013 6:22pm
  • We purchased a 2012 Fuso Canter Crew Cab 4x4 this year & we love everythink about it except we can not ride in the bloody thing. The NSW roads that we live are so rough,every one that ride's in it, hate's the ride.Ourselves & Our staff get out with a headace, backace & do not wish to travel in it??? The wheel's being over the seat, ride is SHIT!! Our health, business & financially has cost us BIG. What can we do about this problem apart from sell it?

    Jenny Dunlop of Lightning Ridge Posted on 18 October 2012 2:27pm
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