Fuso unveiled an all new new version of its flagship Shogun (sold in Japan as the Super Great truck), at the Japan Mobility Show in Tokyo, replacing the current model which has been on sale since 2017,.
The new truck bears a much stronger family resemblance to its fellow Daimler stable sibling Mercedes Benz Actros, again underlining the increasing influence on the Japanese maker form its German owners.
The new Shogun/Super Great will hit the Japanese market before the end of this year with several significant upgrades and improvements, with the inclusion of the Daimler family 13 litre engine being a major step up for Japanese domestic customers. The availability of the 13 litre engine was originally a request from Daimler Truck Australia and the success of the 510 Fuso in Australia has lead to the Japanese including it in the new line up .
It is not clear when Australia will get the new Shogun but given. the importance of the truck to Fuso in Australia would suggest it will be on the roads Down Under some time in late 2024 or early 2025.
Fuso Australia boss , Alex Muller was in Tokyo for the unveiling but would not be drawn on when we will get the new model in Australia
“The heavy-duty Shogun range is more popular than ever in Australia thanks to its safety, power and durability. We are excited to see the next-generation Shogun i revealed in Tokyo, which demonstrates that we are going further to bring state of art technology to our hard-working customers.
“It is too early to discuss the details of the Australian heavy-duty Shogun line-up, including timing. These details will be finalised after the comprehensive local testing and evaluation making sure the specifications and applications perfectly match the unique requirements of the Australian market,” Muller said.
The new Fuso heavy features a redesigned cab with improved aerodynamics along with with low rolling resistance tyres , which have been adopted to meet Japan’s FY2025 Fuel Efficiency Standards, known as JH25.
Fuso said that the latest Shogun cab design centres on the Fuso Black Belt motif, which is integrated into other products within the lineup such as the light-duty Canter and the heavy-duty Aero Queen coach bus.
The company said that the Black Belt motif on the new Shogun, “communicates the strength and sophistication worthy of a flagship heavy-duty truck”
It said that the new design also incorporates functional merits including better aerodynamics, a reduced use of resin parts and more environmentally friendly surface treatments contribute, which it said leads to the reduction of CO2 in the manufacturing process.
Not surprisingly, given the Daimler influence the new Shogun comes with the latest in advanced safety technology, including Active Brake Assist 6 (ABA®6), the updated frontal collision mitigation system, while Active Side Guard Assist 2.0, which detects hazards on both sides of the vehicle for turns and lane-changes, is also part of the standard product offering.
“As an integral part of the Daimler Truck group, Fuso supports the organisation’s pursuit of Vision Zero,” the company said in tis Tokyo launch statement.
“The aspiration aims to eventually reduce road accidents involving Daimler Truck vehicles to zero through the development of safety and driver assistance technology as well as automated driving systems,” it added.
“Fuso was the first* commercial vehicle manufacturer to bring Level-2 automated driving assistance features to the Japanese market with the 2019 Super Great, thanks to technology developed within the Daimler Truck network, and it remains committed to delivering further market-leading trucks that enable safer and more efficient long- haul transportation,” the statement concluded.