An all-new minibus doesn't come around too often, so it's a big deal when one gets launched. After 23 years in the market, Fuso has finally rolled out the all-new Rosa bus. The 2021 model features a refreshed exterior, redesigned interior, and more safety equipment. It also comes with a new turbo-diesel and transmission.
The 2021 Rosa now has the “Black Belt” look with a prominent black band at the front. Fuso also made the windows larger for better visibility. The rest of it still looks the same, though, but then again, you really can't re-style a bus.
While the exterior changes are somewhat minor, the driver gets a welcome sight on-board. The dash is new for 2021, and it has a “floating” instrument binnacle for extra storage space. It also has something we didn't expect in a minibus, which is a touchscreen audio display system. The new air-conditioning controls bring the Rosa to the modern age with its updated center stack.
But this is a bus we're talking about, so what's in store for the passengers? Well, there are redesigned seats that aim to make the ride a more pleasurable experience. The air-conditioning is also updated to keep everyone cool on a hot day. Three-point seatbelts are now standard in the new Rosa, and so are tinted windows. Like the old bus, this one can come in 22, 25, 29, and 32-seat configurations.
Where the new Rosa leapfrogs over the old model is with safety. It packs automatic emergency braking, pedestrian protection, stability control, and even lane departure warning. Yes, safety features from high-end cars have made their way to a minibus. Other safety features include four emergency exits, a four-way reverse camera, airbags for both driver and front passenger, and a system that prevents the bus from accelerating when a door is open.
As for the engine, it's a Euro 6-compliant 3.0-liter turbodiesel mill. This new clean diesel makes 175 PS and 430 Nm of torque. To reduce driver fatigue, a six-speed automated manual transmission is available, although a five-speed manual can be specified. For long-range travel, the Rosa has a 100-liter fuel tank to maximize range. Fuso claims the new engine can deliver up to 10 kilometers per liter in mixed driving, giving it a theoretical range of 1,000 kilometers on a single tank.
For now, the all-new Rosa is available in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. At the moment, it is unknown when it will land here, but we're certain it will arrive here in the future.