Refreshed Kumho winter tyre range ready for 2015 season
Kumho’s recent refreshment of its PCR, van and LCV summer range and return to the truck tyre market have been joined by a recently updated winter tyre range. Arguing that UK drivers are “far better educated in the values of winter and all-weather tyres than before the big freeze of 2011,” Kumho’s 2015-16 cold-weather range recognises that demand for such products continues to rise across the board.
Kumho’s car tyre winter range begins with the WinterCraft WP51, replacing the I’Zen KW23. The new-generation winter tyre boasts construction and compound for optimum performance in the coldest temperatures. It features cross stripe and 3D snow sipes for maximum traction and cornering on snow covered roads; a rounder mould profile for improved resistance to aquaplaning; and curved lateral grooves for better performance in wet weather – a particularly important characteristic for the UK’s temperate winter climate.
The WP51 is joined by the I’Zen KW27, primarily intended for larger family and executive cars. The tyre features an asymmetric tread pattern that enhances traction on snowy and icy roads through three-dimensional sipes. The tyre’s inner shoulder is equipped with angled lateral grooves which provide improved resistance to sideslip. Sizes also include run-flat variants.
Finally the Solus HA31 is Kumho’s new all-season tyre, replacing the Solus Vier KH21. The tyre features lateral grooves for enhanced wet road performance, honeycomb structure 3D sipes for better traction on snowy surfaces, a directional tread pattern with S-SBR technology to balance wet grip, fuel economy and wear rate, and reinforced centre rib and tread blocks for improved braking performance
Kumho’s I’Zen RV KC15 is aimed at perennially popular 4x4s like the Range Rover and BMW X5, with an aggressive asymmetric tread pattern, sipes designed to improve snow and ice traction, and a new type of silica tread compound for enhanced wet weather performance
For vans, Kumho presents the PorTran CW51, replacing the Power Grip KC11, and aimed at providing light commercial vehicles with better traction and handling in snowy and/or icy conditions. It features 3D sipes in the shoulder area for superior handling and reinforced tread blocks for improved stability.