Continental Shares Future Tire Launches with Elite Gold Dealers
This fall, Continental Tire the Americas LLC will introduce three tires into the aftermarket. Two of them will give the company its first entries in the "streetable" A/T and extreme mud terrain tire segments, according to the company.
1. Continental TerrainContact A/T. The first Continental brand A/T tire, it is less agressive than the General Grabber AT2. It features TractionPlus Technology, which offers "security on wet, slippery roads and a quiet ride for everyday highway driving, but also provides traction and durability for when the pavement ends."
It will be available in 35 sizes, which Continental says will cover more than 80% of the premium all-terrain market segment. Fifteen are S-rated LT sizes ranging from LT245/75R16 to LT285/60R20. The 20 passenger sizes range from 265/70R16 T to 285/45R22 H. The sizes will roll out in two phases.
2. General Grabber X3. The "X3" stands for extreme dirt, mud and rock. The tire will replace the General Grabber, which was not a true M/T tire. It features race-proven 3-Ply Duragen Technology, which gives the tire "excellent" cut- and chip-resistant capabilities and long life for a mud-terrain tire, says the company.
It will be available in 29 sizes, 13 of which will be available with either black lettering or "smooth red letters."
3. General Grabber Arctic. The third in the company's series of General brand winter tires (the other two are the Altimax Arctic for passenger cars and Grabber Arctic LT for light trucks), the Grabber Arctic will be available for the 2016-17 winter season. The studdable SUV and CUV winter tire was designed for low temperature traction in snow, ice and wet conditions. It features 3-Ply Duragen Technology; an aggressive high void design with large lugs for traction on loose, muddy and rocky surfaces; and stone deflection ribs designed to minimize stone retention and stone drilling.
Continental shared advance details of the tires with its Elite Gold Dealers in Cancun, Mexico, on April 12, 2016.