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FIRESTONE’S DESTINATION LE2 PARTNERS WITH FCA INDIA’S JEEP COMPASS AS ITS FIRST ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT TYRE
Pune, August 16, 2017:
Pune (August 16, 2017): Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd., subsidiary of the world’s largest tyre and rubber company, Bridgestone Corporation today announced that its all-season performance tyre, Firestone’s Destination LE2 is the original equipment (OE) fitment for the already popular Jeep Compass, the first ‘Made in India’ SUV from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).

The Firestone Destination LE2 are developed for sports utility vehicles and crossovers delivering all-season performance. Currently, Firestone is the only brand, which is supplying OE tyres to Jeep Compass for the Indian market.

“We are proud to announce our first original equipment fitment for Firestone with the newly launched Jeep Compass by FCA India. This partnership has a strong brand association as both Firestone and Jeep are American brands recently introduced in India and offering Made in India products to the market. From city streets to different terrains, Firestone tyres are built to perform under both wet and dry conditions.” Mr. Katsuyuki Yamamura, Director of Consumer Products, Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd. said.

<Overview of tyres supplied>


Model Tyre Pattern Tyre Size Load Index Speed Symbol
Jeep Compass Destination LE2 215/ 65 R16 98 H
Jeep Compass Destination LE2 225/ 60 R17 99 H

< Features & Benefits: Destination LE2>
Destination LE2 pattern is an all-season performance tyre, build to last well and perform under both wet and dry conditions.

  • Wide circumferential grooves to improve wet handling
  • Zigzag sipes and sweeping slots enhance performance on wet surfaces
  • Long lasting tread compound for longer wear life
  • Continuous closed shoulder blocks helps with dry performance & tread wear
  • Well Balanced performance
Destination LE2

Performance Parameters:

Extensive Durability Built with special construction design to assure durability suitable with Indian road conditions
Good Wear life Reliable quality is assured with criteria for a good wear life
Quietness Optimum noise performance with Good riding comfort performance to provide driving pleasure experience

The Jeep Compass with the legendary Jeep’s DNA

The Jeep® Compass is the most aerodynamic Jeep® SUV made so far. At a glance, the Jeep® Compass resembles its bigger and more luxurious sibling, the Grand Cherokee. The front fascia especially keeps up with the Grand Cherokee design theme but a closer look will reveal Jeep®’s historic seven-slot grille, now more contemporary styled. The Compass also inherits the trapezoidal wheel arches, which can be found on every Jeep® product built since the 1940s. The front grille and the squared off wheel arches retain those subtleties of Jeep®’s illustrious history even in the present day. The Jeep® Compass has an impressive presence on the road and unmatched capability off the road.

What makes the Jeep® Compass unsurpassed off the road is the Jeep Active Drive 4x4 system with Selec Terrain Traction Management System, which can send up to 100% of its available torque to any one wheel when required. It features Rear axle Disconnect technology with a Power Transfer Unit (PTU) which efficiently manages the 4x4 system. This technology responds to driver inputs and road conditions and changes between 4x2 and 4x4 seamlessly. The Selec Terrain Traction Management System offers four modes – Auto, Sand, Snow and Mud – giving utmost confidence to the driver to take the Jeep® Compass to conquer the toughest of terrains.

Powertrains and Transmissions

Customers can choose from two powertrain options - the 173 PS, 350 Nm, 2.0-litre Multi-Jet Turbo Diesel and the 162 PS, 250 Nm, 1.4-Multi-Air Turbo Petrol. The Diesel variant is being offered with the 6-speed manual transmission while the Petrol comes with both options, the 6- speed manual as well as the 7-speed DDCT (Dry Dual Clutch Technology) or Automatic Transmission.

Safety and security for passengers

The Jeep® Compass is one of the safest SUVs on Indian roads with over 50 safety and security features. The vehicle’s build consists of 27 hot stamped body parts, the highest in any passenger vehicle made in India. Hot stamping makes the body architecture strong while keeping it light in weight, which ensures plenty of fuel saving. The Jeep® Compass’ body has both front and rear crumple zones, the latter being incorporated for the first time in a locally-made product.

The Compass comes with features such as Electric Parking Brake (EPB) which comes with four modes to keep the vehicle absolutely stationary when applied and also accounts for human error. Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control (TC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Hill Ascent Control (HAC), disc brakes on all four wheels, front airbags are all standard safety equipment across the range.

 
About Bridgestone India:
 
Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd started its operations in 1996. In March 1998 with the setup of its manufacturing facility in Kheda, Indore, Bridgestone achieved its objective of running Indian manufactured Bridgestone tyres on Indian Roads. It expanded its facilities by setting up one more facility in Chakan, Pune in 2013. In a short stint of 20 years, Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd has become one of the leading tyre companies in both the OEM & Replacement market.
 
About Bridgestone Corporation:
 
Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world’s largest tire and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world.

Destination LE2
 
Firestone’s Destination LE2 partners with FCA India’s Jeep Compass as its first Original Equipment Tyre

 

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