The next-gen truck will be available as a prime mover or rigid.
The next-gen truck will be available as a prime mover or rigid.

'Black Panther' roars to life

FUSO will officially launch its new generation heavy duty truck at the Brisbane Truck Show.

The new truck range has been developed using the project name Black Panther, but its official name will be announced on the stand in Brisbane.

Fuso has been running a targeted test and development program on Australian roads for the exciting new model that brings advanced safety and performance as well as new levels of comfort and refinement to the Japanese heavy truck market.

Our writer Graham Harsant was one of the lucky few to get an early run behind the wheel when he test drove the Panther for our March 22 cover story.

"This new model is a quantum leap above its predecessor with a full suite of safety features as standard - Active Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Autonomous Cruise Control, Auto headlamps, Stability Control and EBS brakes,” he wrote.

"Inside you get all the driver comforts including full climate control, sat nav and great speakers to listen to your fave music - I liked it. I liked it a lot.”

The new generation heavy duty truck will be available with built-in safety features such as active emergency brake and adaptive cruise control, while retaining the current model's unique passenger side transom window that aides visibility in traffic.

It uses a new 11-litre six-cylinder Daimler-sourced Fuso engine using the latest technology, which is paired with a 12-speed Automated Manual Transmission.

More details will be revealed in Brisbane, but the new generation truck will be available with a range of power outputs and as a prime mover or rigid.

Fuso Truck and Bus Australia director Justin Whitford said the arrival of the new generation heavy duty truck marks a new chapter for the brand.

"We have listened to our Australian customers and we have delivered the heavy duty truck they have been waiting for,” Mr Whitford said.

"Anyone who has driven one of our test trucks has come out raving about the refinement, the comfort and performance as well as the world-class safety features.

"It is a cutting edge truck that will save our customers money and we know they are going to love it.”

He said Fuso was in the enviable position of being able to benefit from the Daimler Trucks world of leading engineering technology.

"Fuso has been able to leverage the global engineering strength of Daimler to deliver the best safety technology, the best performance, economy and comfort.”

The Fuso truck to be shown in Brisbane features an all-new interior with a modern and stylish design that allows the driver to reach the necessary controls.

Many of the most popular controls can be adjusted from the multi-function steering wheel.

Fuso will also display models from its existing model line-up including the medium duty Fighter and small Canter truck.

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