Hanover, October 2017. With immediate effect, the General Tire brand with its American heritage is to supply tires for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The German automaker recently approved the all-terrain Grabber AT² in size LT 265/75 R 16 for fitting to the G-Class. And since these tires have been approved for use as original equipment, they can also now be ordered via Mercedes dealers in the replacement market.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is one of the most famous and powerful off-road vehicles, so a great deal is expected of its tires: maximum grip on stony, sandy and muddy ground, safe handling properties on the road and a highly robust performance both on and off road. “For the General Tire brand this approval is a very special seal of quality,” says Matthias Bartz, General Tire Business Development Manager for the EMEA Region. “Mercedes-Benz invariably sets the bar high in terms of the requirements of the tires in both the original equipment and replacement sectors. As a company with a proud heritage in the production of 4x4 tires, we bring to the table more than a century of experience in the development of robust tires with strong grip, whose standard of quality has now also impressed one of the leading European off-road vehicle manufacturers.”
The Grabber AT² displays its strengths on regular and unmade roads as well as in off-road use: Its highly durable rubber compound was developed with all three of these applications in mind. The tread with five circumferential grooves, into which the strong tread blocks protrude, offers maximum grip and low noise development. At the same time it is designed to ensure that the Grabber AT² can also deliver strong traction in rugged terrain. The reinforced tread blocks make for stable handling and ensure high mileage, particularly in the tire shoulder which bears the brunt of the load in steering maneuvers. Despite a high tread depth of 13.5 mm, the tire’s new tread compound endows it with strong damage resistance on sharp-edged surfaces. Its triple-layer construction and very robust sidewalls make these tires safe and durable performers even in tough stony terrain.