It was a cool winter morning when I took a cab to Gurgaon for an offroading event organized by #JKTyreRanger. When I reached there, the event had already begun and as I walked towards the arena, I could see several mean looking jeeps navigating a tricky looking track. As I got closer, the true nature of the track revealed itself to me. There were strategic potholes (I am using potholes for the lack of a better word. I reality they were much much deeper than any potholes I have come across) to provide severe body/chasis twists, angled depressions, deep ditches, steep hills, and mud to test the vehicles' wadng power. The vehicles were indeed being put through some very tough tests. They had to have tyres that would support them through it.
JK Tyre & Industries Ltd, pioneers of radial tyres in India, has recently launched its exclusive range of highly advanced multi-terrain tyres- RANGER. The vehicles that were navigating the tricky track were fitted with these sturdy tyres. And indeed the tyres were supporting the vehicles through all the tests they were being put through.
I can say this because I drove the vehicles through the track myself, and throughout the drive, not once did I feel that the vehicle is about to veer off the course or out of control. And this is something because this was the first time I was trying offroading. Before this, I have only driven hatchbacks, though I have driven on some pretty rough roads.
The fact that the tyres have exceptional grip was proven all through the track, whether it was while climbing out of the potholes, or while navidating the muddy ditch. I also noticed that the tyres didn't skid when I pressed the break very hard. Upon checking the specifications I noticed that the tyres are capable of decelerating from 100 to 0 kmph in 4 seconds, which is really fast.
Here is what JK Tyres says in their release note:
"JK Tyre’s Ranger Series is designed to upgrade the overall driving experience of SUVs in India. Superior DUAL Tread Compound, in Ranger Series, provides maximum grip & control, to match the power and size of these vehicles. Ranger tyres will be available in two specialised applications, RANGER A/T -for all-terrain performance and Ranger H/T - for tarmac application. The tyres come in 10 sizes and therefore work best with a variety of SUVs available in the Indian market, viz., Audi Q-series Land Rover Freelander, Fortuner, Nissan X-trail, Terrano, Pajero, EcoSport, Duster, and many more."
In fact, the two versions of the tyres come with some really great features. Check them out below:
1. Excellent All Terrain Performance
2. Low Noise and Long Life
3. Deeper Grooves for Supreme Grip
4. Tougher Sidewalls for Tough Journeys
1. Exceptional Control and Stability
2. High Traction Strength on Wet Surface
3. Superior Grooves for Strong Wet Grip
4. Excellent Steering and Handling
5. Quieter Running at High Speeds
With the Ranger series, JK Tyre aims to augment its presence in one of the fastest growing segments in the Indian auto industry i.e. the Sports Utility Vehicle segment. JK Tyre will export the new range of tyres to its international markets. And if I go by my experience with the tyres, I have a strong feeling that the Ranger series will prove to be highly successful. If I owned an SUV, I would have definitely considered getting it fitted with these tyres.