New tyres add to Kumho 4×4/SUV range
Kumho’s 4×4 tyre range was recently enhanced further enhanced by the addition of the Crugen HP91 and Crugen KL33 SUV offerings. Add in the cross-functional Road Venture patterned MT51 and established KL71 and between them they cover everything from such top end SUVs as the Range Rover and BMW X5 to the ever-popular Land Rover Defender.
That Jeep selected the KL33 for OE fitment on its Renegade model says much about the tyre’s all-round credentials. Especially developed for the particular needs of the ever-expanding SUV sector, the all-season KL33 reportedly provides “a decidedly impressive degree of comfort at all speeds, coupled with good handling characteristics and notably low levels of noise”. The symmetric tread is of four groove design for optimum aquaplaning suppression, while 3D shoulder blocks ably aid wet weather grip. The tyre is designed to offer traction in both wet and dry conditions. KL33 is currently available for rims of 17 to 19 inches in diameter and a mix of H and V speed ratings.
Road Venture MT51
A relative newcomer to the Kumho 4×4 range, the MT51 is the company’s latest cross-functional offering, that for the UK market will sit between the yet to be launched replacement for the AT KL78 and renowned MT KL71 in terms of off-road performance. It is said to provide” the perfect combination of balanced on/off road driving and excellent off-road traction, while the braking performance is equally impressive on surfaces as diverse as tarmac and gravel”. The stiff sidewall construction minimises punctures, while notable shoulder notching maximises the tyre’s rock crawling performance. The eye-catching sidewall livery conjures up images of the type of heavy plant MT51-shod vehicles may well rub shoulders with from time to time. It is currently available in 12 popular sizes to fit rims of 15 to 17 inches in diameter.