Mitsubishi’s medium duty truck was built with versatility in mind and is available in a wide range of version with GVMs (Gross Vehicle Masses) ranging from 10400 kg-24000 kg.
The Mitsubishi Fuso fighter has undergone a full model change in 2009 when it received a more comfortable cabin and a host of technical upgrades to make it able to compete with success against its rivals.
The truck is offered with a choice of two engines which develop 177 or 199 hp with maximum torques of 686 Nm and 785 Nm respectively. The interesting part is that recently the Fuso Fighter’s transmission lineup was completed with an Allison automatic unit which is now offered together with the manual gearboxes.
Design and Interior
The Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter has a pretty modern design with a cab over engine configuration. The vertical front fascia features a relatively thin grille which bares the company’s logo in its center. Above the grille is embossed the FUSSO name with big chromed letters.
The truck is fitted with a large panoramic windscreen which is combined with transom windows in the passenger doors for extra visibility.
When designing the Fighter’s cab, Mitsubishi’s engineers were concerned to improve the truck’s aerodynamics; hence the cab has a pretty rounded shape to keep the drag coefficient to a low level. The bumper has also an aerodynamic design and gels well with the rest of the cab.
The Fuso Fighter’s cabin offers acres of space but the build quality is a bit poor and the plastics are cheap and rock hard. The design is still a bit dated, but you won’t have any complains about the overall ergonomy.
Most of the controls are placed within easy reach and are within easy reach even from the driver’s seat. You’ll find the instrument cluster a bit rudimentary when compared to other units in this class, but at least the gauges are fairly easy to read and clear.
Drivers will be happy to know that visibility is nothing short of excellent and the transom window in the passenger door keeps you well informed about what cars are passing by. The exterior mirrors on either side of the cabin are a bit small, but they’ll do their jobs just fine and won’t compromise the rear visibility.
The driver’s seat is air suspended and offers a proper level of back support. It also features a wide range of adjustments which enable you to find a comfortable driving position. The pedals are also pretty ergonomically placed and you have plenty of legroom. For enhanced comfort, the steering wheel comes with telescopic and tilt adjustments permitting you to find a proper position pretty fast.
Storage isn’t a problem either and we especially like the two shelves found on the top of the dashboard.
Engines and performance
The Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter is offered with a choice of two six cylinder diesel engines which come with high torque levels achieved from relatively low rpms in order to offer strong towing capacitates.
For maximum performances and low fuel consumption, both engines are equipped with Intercooler turbo technology and common rail fuel injection. Moreover, the latest six cylinder engines of the Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter also feature cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and oxidation catalyst, which provide reduced noise and emissions, and improved power outputs compared with previous generations.
The 6D14-3A engine develops 238 hp @ 2600 with 686 Nm of torque achieved from as low as 1400 rpm, while the 6D6-1A unit offers a maximum output of 267hp @2600 rpm and 785 Nm @1400 of torque.
The Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter is offered with a choice of either 6-speed or 9-speed manual direct drive transmissions depending on the model. Both transmissions have plenty of torque to play with and can provide smooth changes without compromising the pulling power.
The engines can be also mated on Allison automated transmissions which won’t disappoint you in any way and have the ability to operate smooth changes without affecting the vehicle’s momentum.
Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter engines specifications
|Engine||hp @ rpm||Nm @ rpm|
|6D14-3A||238 @ 2600||686 @ 1400|
|6D6-1A||267 @ 2600||785 @ 1400|
Ride and handling
At the front, the Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter is equipped with parabolic leaf suspensions with shock absorbers, while at the back it received a long taper leaf configuration. For the rear axles there are also available semi elliptic leaf springs or air suspensions with dump control.
The truck’s ride is more on the bumpy side, but the good part is that the vehicle has a relatively small body roll which helps it to engage in turnings without any problems.
The Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter’s steering is responsive and almost as engaging as the European models. You won’t complain about its overall road manners as the truck has anything it needs to inspire you a proper amount of confidence while driving.
Thanks to its cab-over configuration the Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter is easy to drive around the narrow city streets and has also a relatively small kerb to kerb turning circle of 17 meters.
The latest iteration of the Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter has brought the truck to a new level. It’s true that the level of technology sophistication find in the cab is pretty basic and the comfort is still not far from the rudimentary level of the previous generations, but apart from these issues, the changes made under the sheet metal are obvious.
The engines are more efficient than ever and we also like to the introduction of the Allison automatic transmission which is a game changer for Mitsubishi’s medium duty truck. The Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter has also excellent road manners and a strong built quality which gives it a strong, hard worker character.