The Wrangler Duratrac RT, Goodyear’s premium 4×4 offering which offers a significant step forward in technology and performance compared to its predecessor, has launched in South Africa.

This latest tyre in the Goodyear 4×4 range is a 50/50 on/off-road premium tyre that meets the needs of modern off-road drivers. Its bold appearance, toughness and comfortable handling make it an excellent fit for the current generation of off-road vehicles and enthusiasts.

Designed for extreme terrain, Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac RT is made for adventure. The historic Wrangler name is synonymous with durability and performance, with ‘RT’ marking the product’s great ability over rugged terrain.

“This newest offering is yet another testament to our commitment in delivering the best driving experience to our SA drivers”

4x4s are among the most popular vehicles in South Africa, accounting for 24 per cent of the total car park in the last five years. Over the same period, the segment has enjoyed a compound annual growth rate of 2 per cent. The Wrangler Duratrac RT sizes offered fit a wide range of off-road vehicles, including the Ford Ranger and Everest, Volkswagen Amarok, Land Rover Defender, Toyota Hilux, Land Cruiser Prado and Land Cruiser 300, and the Isuzu D-Max, as well as most other well-known 4X4 vehicles available in the SA market.

Customers increasingly require 4×4 tyres to deliver exceptional performance on and off-road. A Goodyear survey found that 95 per cent of customers want products that are durable, followed by ride comfort and mileage.

“This newest offering from Goodyear is yet another testament to our commitment in delivering the best driving experience to our South African drivers,” said Richard Fourie, Managing Director, Goodyear South Africa. “Building on our successful 75 years of tyre manufacturing in South Africa. I am proud to share that the Wrangler Duratrac RT tyre is manufactured locally under our ‘Proudly South African’ banner.”

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Go explore with Goodyear off-road technology

The Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac RT is packed with the latest off-road technology that gives drivers excellent control, grip and confidence. Goodyear’s Tri-Shield technology uses reinforced materials to boost reliability and penetration resistance. The three-ply structure adds significant strength and tear resistance compared to a traditional two-ply construction, ideal for navigating harsh terrain.

DuraEdge technology provides the driver with grip even when traversing side slopes. The enhanced tread design extends over the sidewall, giving more protection against rocks and a more aggressive look to the tyre’s shoulder.

Furthermore, Goodyear’s Optimized Tread Pattern excels in rugged conditions while providing excellent all-round performance and comfort on the road. With the new tread pattern the tyre showcases improved overall performance in wet conditions as well as offering a more quiet ride when on-road.

“Goodyear’s next-generation off-road tyre is here, with a step forward in all areas, particularly performance, durability and aesthetics. [The] Wrangler Duratrac RT is a product tailored to fulfil the demands of true off-road enthusiasts, with a growing consumer interest across the South African market. The tyre’s exceptional performance in durability, traction and its ability to handle challenging terrain perfectly represents Goodyear’s spirit of exploration,” said Laurent Colantonio, Goodyear Senior Director Technology Consumer.

Goodyear will continue to roll out Wrangler Duratrac RT sizes during Q4 2023 for rim sizes of 15” to 19”. A total of 15 sizes will be available.