In the vicinity of the Big Bear Lake, California, Federal Tires conducted a launch event of its new rugged all-terrain tire Federal Xplora R/T, which is essentially a hybrid between all-terrain and mud tires. Three weeks earlier, the tire maker announced the launch of all-terrain tires with a great balance of on-road and off-road performance. The tire got a name of Federal Xplora A/T.
The Xplora R/T is currently available in five sizes popular in the R/T segment ranging in 17- to 20-inch rim diameters. By the end of the first quarter of 2020, the Xplora R/T’s product line will consist of 17 sizes ranging from 15- to 20-inch rim diameters with the possibility of additional sizes as dictated by customer demand.
The tread pattern of Federal Xplora RT is designed to increase the vehicle’s road holding ability on various types of terrain, effective off-road performance, and riding comfort. The fatigue-resistant tread compound protects the tire from cuts, chips and punctures; stone ejectors that prevent stone retention, premature wear and early tire failure, and open shoulder grooves evacuate water, mud, dirt, and off-road debris as well as contribute to the tire’s enhanced traction.
Xplora R/T will be priced 30% less than its competitors in the segment, which will boost Federal’s profitability.
Federal Xplora A/T, designed to be installed on SUVs and light trucks, thanks to the combination of durability and low noise emission, as well as great handling response in both on-road and off-road conditions, are marketed as the perfect «all-terrain» option. Federal Xplora AT comes in 35 sizes with fitting diameters ranging from 15 to 17 inches.
Both new models are part of the Federal Xplora family that will replace the Couragia line within the next two years and will consist of eight models. It already includes the «hardcore» models Federal Xplora MTS and Federal Xplora M/T; there are plans for launching predominantly on-road models Xplora SUV and Xplora F/X, as well as real off-road development Xplora X/T and Xlpora A/P. The latter will occupy the niche between the on-road and off-road tires.