March 06, 2018
Photo of gasoline-powered FE Canter courtesy of Mitsubishi Fuso.
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America (FUSO) will begin selling its gasoline-powered 2019 FE cabovers this month, after showing production-ready versions at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
A General Motors-sourced 6.0-liter V-8 will power a class 4 and class 5 FE cabover. The Daimler AG-owned unit will also show a production-ready model of its battery-electric eCanter. The trucks will be sold alongside diesel models.
Class 4 models will include the FE140 (14,500 lb. GVWR) and the FE160 (15,995 lb. GVWR). Later this year, FUSO will offer the class 5 FE180 (17,995 lb. GVWR), which would be the first gasoline-powered class 5 cabover. In all models, the PSI-GM V-8 engine will make 297 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque.
FUSO will eventually offer a gaseous-prep package from the factory to allow buyers to use compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane autogas. The trucks come equiipped with a 40-gallon rear-mounted fuel tank.
The gasoline engine will be paired with an Allison 1000 automatic transmission with Fuel Sense 2.0 transmission management software, including DynActive shifting technology that improves fuel economy by as much as 6%. The software uses a Neutral-at-Stop feature that further reduces fuel consumption.
The FE gasoline trucks will also arrive with enhancements in the cab’s interior, including improved driver seat bolstering. The seat cushion has been extended and the seatbelts are now red for higher visibility.
Instrument cluster colors have been improved under various lighting conditions, and the trucks now come with an LED cabin light. Storage space has been enhanced with a new driver side console, floor tray, and sun-visor pocket.
The truck is available with a black-on-black color scheme with silver trim accents in the interior. The cab improvements will also be offered on diesel-powered trucks.
FUSO will assemble the models at the Freightliner Customer Chassis Corp. (FCCC) plant in Gaffney, S.C.