Tyre manufacturers Nokian have announced the launch of a new tyre designed specifically for use on urban four-wheel drive vehicles. The Nokian HT SUV is a summer tyre built for use on asphalt surfaces, but it is equally at home on small, twisty roads and on sand and gravel. The tyre will have T and H speed ratings, and will be available in a range of sizes to fit all European 4×4’s. The new tyre will go on sale in spring 2009.
The tyre offers versatile driving for 4×4’s. Its asymmetrical tread delivers precise handling in both wet and dry conditions. Stone removers in the tyres tread prevent the embedding of small stones, and the tyre cleans itself when driving on soft terrain. The tyre boasts an inside-outside tread pattern, which gives excellent stability and minimizes the risk of aqua-planing.
The life-span of the tyre is increased by a “Double Mud Stopper”, which prevents mud and stones from getting trapped between the tyre and the wheel rim. Nokian’s “Cool Silica” compound gives flexibility, making the tyre suitable for use in a variety of temperatures. This compound is also extremely environmentally friendly, using only pure low-aromatic oils in its construction.