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MITSUBISHI CANTER GUTS: Which Version Do You Like for Used Car?

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First Generation FB300 Series (1987-1993)

The MITSUBISHI CANTER GUTS went on sale in January 1987 as a renamed model of the CANTER 15. As such, the loading capacity was 1.5-ton class, as it was with all the other successive models. For the body type, the standard cab and double cab were made available, 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 standard body (flat body), dry van, refrigerator van, dump, crane truck, and loader.

Second Generation FB-5# Series (1993-2002)

A full model change in November 1993 led to the sale of the second generation model. For this generation model, efforts were made to enhance aerodynamic performance; a round 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; however, later in 1996, the 2,400cc LPG engine was added, and in 1997, the 1,997cc gasoline engine was added.

Minor changes were made in October 1997; the part-time 4WD with ultra-low speed auxiliary transmission was changed to a full-time 4WD.

Third Generation FB7# Series (2002-2008)

Another model change led to the introduction of the third generation model in June 2002. A distinctive feature in terms of the exterior was the headlamp design being changed to a design resembling “slanted eyes” (turned up at the corners). Moreover, for the first 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 horsepower 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 (New Long-Term 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.

The transmissions that could be combined with these were the 5-speed manual (with the shifter located on the instrument panel) and the ELC 4-speed automatic.

In October 2005, with the aim to improve safety, improvements were made to adhere to regulations regarding the installation position of equipment for rear-end crash prevention, as well as regulations regarding light distribution.

In May 2008, the CANTER GUTS disappeared from the lineup for some time.

Fourth Generation F24 Series (2012-)

The CANTER GUTS was removed from the lineup for some time, but in November 2012, the CANTER GUTS was revived through the OEM supply of the Atlas F24 from NISSAN. This model was released as a new generation mini truck. By adhering to 2010 Gas Emission Regulations (Post New Long-Term Regulations), its environmental performance was improved; furthermore, for all FR vehicles, fuel efficiency was also improved due to adherence to 2015 Heavy Vehicle Fuel Consumption Standards.

The ZD30DDTi 2,953cc diesel turbocharged engine with NISSAN intercooler and power output of 110 horsepower was carried.
To this engine, the 2-pedal 6-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission was combined.

As for the body type, new additions like the part-time 4WD and super low-floor vehicle were included in the lineup, further increasing body variations.

In June 2013, improvements were made on the engine, leading to enhancements in environmental performance. Because the model was able to achieve more than 10% reduction in NOx and PM in response to the 2010 Gas Emission Regulations (Post New Long-Term Gas Emission Regulations), it was able to receive eco-friendly tax reductions.

 MODELDisplacementFuelLine-Up Year
1987-1993FB300 Series2,650Diesel1987 - 1993
1993-2002GB-FA523 Series2,400LPG1996 - 2002
KC-FC536B2,400LPG1996 - 2002
KG-FB50 Series2,800Diesel1993 - 2002
KG-FB51 Series2,800Diesel1993 - 2002
GE-FB500A1,997Gasoline1997 - 2002
GE-FB500B1,997Gasoline1997 - 2002
GE-FB500BX1,997Gasoline1997 - 2002
GE-FB510A1,997Gasoline1997 - 2002
2002-2008FB70BB1A12,935Diesel2002 - 2008
FB7002,000Gasoline2002 - 2008
FB70A2,935Diesel2002 - 2008
FB70B2,935Diesel2002 - 2008
FD70A2,935Diesel2002 - 2008
FD70B2,935Diesel2002 - 2008
2012-BSZ1F242,953Diesel2012 - 2014
BSZ2F242,953Diesel2012 - 2014
BSZ4F242,953Diesel2012 - 2014
BSZ5F242,953Diesel2012 - 2014
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