US market launch for Hankook Dynapro XT & AT2 Xtreme
Hankook Tire is expanding its Dynapro line-up in North America with the introduction of the new ‘Rugged Terrain’ Hankook Dynapro XT and next-generation Dynapro AT2 Xtreme. It will offer the Dynapro XT is 30 sizes in this market. At launch the Dynapro AT2 Xtreme will cover 32 sizes, however Hankook says it will continue adding new sizes through a phased launch, eventually reaching 98 total sizes by 2022. The tyre maker states that the introduction of the two products will accelerate its penetration into the US market.
As Hankook’s first Rugged Terrain product, the Dynapro XT features high-rigidity polygonal blocks and wide zig-zag grooves that offer excellent off-road traction in rugged conditions as well as an aggressive saw-toothed sidewall design that provides protection against punctures. The Dynapro XT also features the 3PMSF marking, denoting its performance capabilities in severe snow conditions. Additionally, its optimised pattern provides a quiet and comfortable ride using arranged pitch variation technology, chamfered edges that minimise road impact and shoulder block cushions that absorb road noise.
The Dynapro AT2 Xtreme, successor to the Dynapro AT2, has been reimagined with a more aggressive shoulder design, enhanced noise reduction and longer mileage. Its aggressive high-depth sidewall blocks and cross-combined shoulder scoops enhance off-road traction and help prevent cuts and abrasions. The 3PMSF-marked Dynapro AT2 Xtreme features multi-directional grooves and sipes as well as biting block edges that provide added traction in wet and severe snow conditions. Although more aggressive than its predecessor, Hankook says the Dynapro AT2 Xtreme still provides quiet and comfortable on-road performance with its noise-reducing tie-bars and staged block edges.
An exciting moment
“What makes the off-roading and overlanding communities so incredible is their enthusiasm and deep knowledge of every upgrade to their vehicle, and tyres are no exception,” comments Curtis Brison, vice president of PCLT Sales at Hankook Tire America. “Having the opportunity to further support that next adventure and expand our off-road Dynapro offering to include the XT and AT2 Xtreme, along with the heavy-duty MT2, is an exciting moment.”
“Built to perform in extreme rugged terrains, the Dynapro XT will provide drivers with functional off-road performance without compromising style, comfort and quietness,” adds Kijong Kil, Hankook’s vice-president of RE Development. “The Dynapro AT2 Xtreme has been upgraded from its predecessor to include a more aggressive shoulder and sidewall design to handle off-road terrains, while maintaining its highway performance. It is built for the driver who is looking for balanced, everyday functionality with added all-terrain capabilities.”
With the addition of the Dynapro XT and Dynapro AT2 Xtreme, Hankook’s Dynapro family of products now covers on-road, off-road, all-terrain and rugged terrain segments to suit the needs of both light truck and SUV/CUV consumers. The tyre maker hasn’t announced the local launch of these new products, indeed a Hankook Tyre UK representative told us that these tyres “won’t be coming to the UK anytime soon.” Yet UK sales of the Xtreme’s predecessor since 2020 suggest we may see the new tyre here at some stage.