Mopar Bringing Winter Tire Packages In-House
Wheel-and-Tire Sets to Be Available for Six FCA Vehicles
With winter on its way, buying a set of dedicated tires should be on the mind of any customer planning on dealing with sub–40-degree temperatures on a regular basis. Intent on making the tire-swapping process easier for its customers, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced that its Mopar brand of accessories would offer winter tire packages to owners of six different vehicles, including the Jeep Cherokee.
The packages, which will also be available for the Chrysler 200, 300, and Town & Country, as well as the Dodge Charger and Grand Caravan, feature a choice of several sets of winter tires mounted on steel wheels, with tire pressure monitoring systems included in the package. This will make swapping all-season or summer tires for winters much easier, for less than $300 a wheel, according to Mopar.
Although many people think winter tires are unnecessary if their vehicles have four-season tires, the truth is that even the best all-seasons are no match for the low-temperature traction that winter tires can afford. When temperatures drop below 45 degrees (irrespective of whether there’s ice or snow on the ground), all-season tires harden and lose grip, while winter tires remain pliable and sticky. Additionally, the winter tires help augment the traction of all-wheel drive, a system that still relies heavily on the tires for traction when braking or turning corners.
More than 1,100 winter tire fitments will be offered, and more vehicle models will be added to the program for the 2016 winter season.