Nokian launches next-generation winter truck tyre
Sales of the Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck E winter tyre and compatible Noktop Hakkapeliitta E retreading materials have exceeded a million units during their decade or so on the market. But all good things come to an end, and it is time to make way for an improved product. Nokian Tyres is introducing the Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck E2 as a “true next-generation drive axle tyre for extreme winter conditions.” It claims a combination of grip and safety, with low rolling resistance and a quiet, comfortable ride.
“Compared to its predecessor, Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck E2 has better stability as well as grip in both deep and packed snow,” says Teppo Siltanen, product manager at Nokian Tyres. “Also, the grip lasts longer, thanks to some clever tread pattern features.”
The tread pattern of the Hakkapeliitta Truck E2 features peg siping that enables deeper reach, better worn grip and less tearing damage. A connected-block system brings consistent rigidity and more even wear, while the open centre tread design and extra deep-reaching central sipes improve the tyre’s service life.
In addition to offering improved grip and longevity, Nokian Tyres says the Hakkapeliitta E2 also helps to save fuel and produce less noise. “Often, good grip and a low rolling resistance are seen as two opposing qualities,” Siltanen says. “But we have managed to reduce the tyre noise and rolling resistance while improving the grip as well, which is good news as the legislation governing noise and fuel consumption is also getting tighter.”
The Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck E2 will come to market in the third quarter of 2020 in sizes 295/80R22.5, 315/80R22.5 and 315/70R22.5. The compatible retreading material, Nokian Noktop Hakkapeliitta E2, will be available from the second quarter of the year with tread widths covering the most common tyre sizes.