Get­ting a Grip

Gen­eral Tire’s New Grab­bers

Road Trip - - CONTENTS - Story by: Ferdi de Vos Cap­tured by: Colin Mile­man for Gen­eral Tire

Gen­eral Tire’s new Grab­bers

With­out the cor­rect tyres for your ve­hi­cle, what was sup­posed to be a pleas­ant trip can turn into a night­mare jour­ney. Ferdi de Vos at­tended the launch of the ac­claimed new all-ter­rain Gen­eral Grab­ber AT3 and ex­treme-ter­rain X3.

You may have the right ve­hi­cle, the right mu­sic, the right gear, and right com­pany for a road trip, but if you do not have the right footwear on your steed – more so if you want to go off-road – you may not get very far …

This was again demon­strated dur­ing the re­cent launch of the new Grab­ber AT3 and Grab­ber X3 tyres held at the Gen­eral Tire Ad­ven­ture Academy on the pic­turesque Klip­bokkop Moun­tain Re­serve close to Worces­ter in the Western Cape.

With these new of­fer­ings, Gen­eral Tire, a brand of Con­ti­nen­tal Tyre South Africa (CTSA), builds on its proven per­for­mance in the re­place­ment 4×4 tyre seg­ment.

The Grab­ber AT3 re­places the Grab­ber AT, the mul­ti­ple award-win­ning tyre of Gen­eral Tire, de­signed for all-ter­rain ap­pli­ca­tions, while the ag­gres­sive new Grab­ber X3 is now the flag­ship mudter­rain tyre that de­liv­ers un­com­pro­mis­ing off-road per­for­mance cou­pled with good on-road man­ners.

The new AT3, de­vel­oped to meet the needs of driv­ers of sport utility ve­hi­cle (SUV), bakkies, and off-road ve­hi­cles, who de­mand ex­cep­tional off-road abil­i­ties and con­fi­dent on-road man­ners, re­tains the 50/50 on/off-road bias of its pre­de­ces­sor.

The boldly styled Grab­ber X3 re­lies on its 80/20 off-road bias, matched to ex­cep­tional per­for­mance and dura­bil­ity to con­quer the most chal­leng­ing 4×4 ter­rains.

Says Ryan Vis­agie, Prod­uct Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager at CTSA: “As one of the lead­ing

con­tenders in the all-ter­rain re­place­ment cat­e­gory,the Grab­berat3 con­tin­ues our proud legacy with su­perb all-round per­for­mance and de­pend­abil­ity.”

He added that the Grab­ber X3 tyres have sev­eral in­no­va­tive fea­tures to en­sure that they ex­cel in the harsh­est off-road con­di­tions. The new AT3 and X3 join the ex­ist­ing Grab­ber GT, specif­i­cally de­signed for high-per­for­mance SUVS, and the Al­ti­max pas­sen­ger car tyre range.

The AT3 fea­tures three in­no­va­tive Gen­eral Tire tech­nolo­gies – Trac­gen, Dura­gen, and Com­fort Bal­ance – to en­hance all-round per­for­mance and dura­bil­ity, and is avail­able in 13 sizes cater­ing for 15- to 20-inch rim diameters. This line-up will soon be bol­stered with nine re­in­forced light truck (LT) of­fer­ings in 15- to 18-inch sizes, de­signed for heavy duty ap­pli­ca­tions.

On a route con­sist­ing of mixed sur­face roads, us­ing new 2.4-litre de­riv­a­tives of the Fiat Full­back pickup, it was clear that the on and off-road per­for­mance of the new AT3 was im­proved in key ar­eas, in­clud­ing noise lev­els and ir­reg­u­lar wear. Trac­tion in sand and muddy con­di­tions has also been im­proved, along with cut-and­chip re­sis­tance.

The new X3 takes the Gen­eral Tire brand prom­ise of “Any­where is Pos­si­ble” to new heights. Fit­ted to Jeep Wran­glers, it was ide­ally suited to con­quer three of the most chal­leng­ing off-road con­di­tions: mud, dirt, and rock (hence the name: X3).

The X3, avail­able in five sizes en­com­pass­ing 15- to 17-inch rim sizes, has a three-ply con­struc­tion and uses an en­hanced ver­sion of the Gen­eral Tire Dura­gen tech­nol­ogy to guar­an­tee ex­cep­tional dura­bil­ity and punc­ture re­sis­tance – as was clear in some rig­or­ous off-road chal­lenges con­sist­ing of deep mud and sky-high dunes.

When next you need new boots for your SUV, cross­over or one-ton bakkie, do con­sider the new Grab­ber AT3 all-ter­rain tyre. And, if you are se­ri­ous about of­froad­ing, the heavy-duty X3 – built on the proven ca­pa­bil­ity of pre­vi­ous Grab­ber MT – is just the boot for your Jeep, Landie, or Land Cruiser.

It was clear that the on and of­froad per­for­mance of the new AT3 was im­proved in key ar­eas, in­clud­ing noise lev­els, ir­reg­u­lar wear, trac­tion in sand and mud, as well as cut-and­chip re­sis­tance.

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