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Federal Adds Xplora R/T to Light Truck Lineup

Bob Ulrich
Posted on October 17, 2019
Chairman and CEO Jamie Ma says Federal will introduce another light truck tire, the Xplora A/T in 12 months. But Global Tire Expo attendees can get a sneak peek of the tire at the Federal Tire booth outside the South Hall during the 2019 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show in Las Vegas.
Chairman and CEO Jamie Ma says Federal will introduce another light truck tire, the Xplora A/T in 12 months. But Global Tire Expo attendees can get a sneak peek of the tire at the Federal Tire booth outside the South Hall during the 2019 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show in Las Vegas.

“Light truck remains the beacon. It remains the future. It’s very bright.”

With those words, Steve Hutchinson, consultant/advisor for Federal Tire North America LLC, introduced the Xplora R/T to the company’s U.S. and Canadian distributors in Big Bear, Calif.

The latest tire to Federal’s light truck lineup fits between the traditional all-terrain tire (some off-road limitations) and the mud-terrain tire (less on-road comfort), says Hutchinson, who added it is the answer to the following questions from pickup enthusiasts:

  • “I prefer an off-road M/T tire, yet without the traditional trade-offs of noisy tires or harsh rides.”
  • “I’m looking for an enhanced level of all surface performance and high mileage without extra dimes.”
  • “I am customizing my 4x4 and looking for tires that give it more rugged and beastly looks. Do you have that?”
  • “I do a lot of all around driving and like to go off-road regularly. To what extent can your R/T handle?”

Federal says the Xplora R/T tread features include:

  • technologically advanced computer modeling for optimized tread pitch variation; perfectly placed tread sipes; and tread block alignment that greatly reduces noise, providing a more “civilized,” comfortable, smooth, and quiet ride.
  • stone ejectors and an enhanced fatigue resistant compound that protect the tire from chips/cuts/rocks/other debris, “ensuring long life of the tire by preventing early failure due to off-road use.”
  • open shoulder grooves engineered “to keep the tire self-cleaning, evacuating water/mud/dirt/off-road debris. “They also provide “confident traction in any condition.”
  • linear center tread blocks that enhance on-road straight line stability “for excellent and more predictable handling with easy ride comfort.”
    The Xplora R/T tread is designed with stone ejectors that help prevent stone retention and increase the life of the tire.
    The Xplora R/T tread is designed with stone ejectors that help prevent stone retention and increase the life of the tire.
    In addition, Federal says the “extra strong sidewall design provides superior off-road traction, protection from cuts and chips.”

The Xplora R/T is available in five 10-ply, Q-rated sizes: 35x12.50R17LT 125Q; 37x12.50R17LT 129Q; 35x12.50R18LT 123Q; 33x12.50R20LT 114Q; and 35x12.50R20LT 121Q. Another 10 sizes will be added soon. They are:

15-inch (1): 31x10.50R15LT 109Q 6-ply.

16-inch (4 10-ply): LT235/85R16 120/116Q; LT245/75R16 120/116Q; LT265/75R16 123/120Q; LT285/75R16 126/123Q.

17-inch (2 10-ply): LT265/70R17 121/118Q; LT285/70R17 121/118Q.

18-inch (2 10-ply): LT275/65R18 123/120Q; LT275/70R18 125/122Q.

20-inch (1 10-ply): LT275/65R20 126/123Q.

Jamie Ma, chairman and CEO of Federal Tire North America’s parent company, Federal Inc., said 22-inch sizes in the R/T will be available at this time next year. The production of even larger sizes will, at the very least, be determined by what other R/T tire manufacturers make available.

Vehicle applications include the Chevrolet Silverado/Colorado Series; Ford F-Series; GMC Canyon/Sierra Series; Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee/Wrangler; Nissan Frontier/Titan; Ram Pickup; and Toyota Tacoma/Tundra.

Related Topics: Federal Tire North America Inc., Jamie Ma, light truck tires, LT tires, retail

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