The Mitsubishi Canter Guts is a lighter model truck manufactured by Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks. Because of its lighter size and smaller frame, the Mitsubishi Canter Guts provides versatile maneuverability and usability, making it an absolute dream come true for those who make intercity deliveries. The Canter Guts was originally released with a lineup of body options, including standard flat body, dump truck, crane truck, as well as dry and refrigerated van body styles. In later generations, it would undergo exterior changes to increase and enhance its aerodynamic performance. This high-performance truck is available with petrol and diesel options. Later versions of the Canter Guts would see an instrument panel installed; the 1st of its vehicle type. Additionally, the focus changed to the interior in an effort to achieve more space, resulting in the largest in its class.
Mitsubishi Canter Guts is one of the most famous trucks in Japan. The Mitsubishi Canter Guts is a 1.5-ton model. The engine is 2000cc to 3700cc. The Canter Guts is a lighter model in all Canter series. This model is liked especially as a delivery truck in the city.
Generations of Mitsubishi Canter Guts Trucks
First Generation FB300 Series (1987-1993)
In 1987:- The Mitsubishi Canter Guts truck went on sale in January 1987 as a renamed model of the Mitsubishi Canter 15. As such, the loading capacity was 1.5-ton class. For the body type, the standard cab and double cab were made available for the Canter Guts, and the 2,650cc diesel engine was carried. A distinctive characteristic was its small size, even among other small-size truck models, which allowed for enhanced maneuverability and usability. Moreover, a varied lineup of factory options was made available, including the flat body, dry van, refrigerator van, dump, crane truck, and loader.
Second Generation FB-5 Series (1993-2002)
In 1993:- The second generation model of Mitsubishi Canter Guts truck got a full model change in November 1993. For this generation model, efforts were made to enhance aerodynamic performance; around cubic cab was thus used. For certain variations, projector-type headlights were newly installed on the low beam. Moreover, the outer door handles were changed to a vertical flap design. The engine lineup consisted only of the 2,800cc diesel engine in the beginning.
In 1996:- The 2,400cc LPG (liquid petroleum gas) engine was added to the engine lineup, and in 1997, the 1,997cc gasoline engine was added.
In 1997:- Minor changes were made in October 1997, the part-time four-wheel-drive (4WD) with ultra-low speed auxiliary transmission was changed to a full-time four-wheel-drive (4WD).
Third Generation FB7 Series (2002-2008)
In 2002:- Third generation of Mitsubishi Canter Guts introduced in June 2002. A distinctive feature in terms of the exterior was the headlamp design being changed to a design resembling “slanted eyes”. Moreover, for the 1st time for a cab-over truck, an instrument panel was installed. Further improvements were made to reduce driver fatigue. Such as the installation of a magnetic suspension seat on the driver’s side. In terms of riding comfort, because the angle of the front pillar was straightened. The model was able to achieve the largest interior space in its class. The engine lineup consisted of the 2,935cc diesel engine with 140 hp and the 1,997cc gasoline engine.
In 2004:- Improvements were made on the 1,997cc gasoline engine, allowing it to clear the 2005 Gas Emission Regulations, as well as receive certification as an ultra-low emission vehicle (U-LEV) by reducing emission by 50%, according to the 2005 Standard Low Gas Emission Authorization System. However, the transmissions that could be combined with these were the 5-speed manual transmission (with the shifter located on the instrument panel) and the ELC 4-speed automatic transmission.
In 2008:- The Canter Guts disappeared from the lineup for some time in May 2008.