Hankook is updating its UHP winter tire line-up with the new Winter i*cept evo 3 for cars and the Winter i*cept evo 3 X for SUVs.
This new development focuses not only on the changing weather conditions in Europe, but also on the requirements of hybrid and electric vehicles, as manufacturers which will be fitted with the Winter i*cept evo 3 as “ev” version ex works in future. For the first time, the company’s development engineers opted for a directional tread pattern on their new flagship winter tires.
“With the Winter i*cept evo 3 and Winter i*cept evo 3 X, our development engineers have created two lines of winter tires with a wide range of product features that are able to respond particularly well to the changing and increasingly demanding winter weather conditions,” says Sanghoon Lee, President of Hankook Tire Europe. “We are therefore confident that these new tread patterns will meet our customers’ high expectations.
The new Winter i*cept evo 3 series was developed especially for use on powerful vehicles with a lot of torque. A reinforced carcass structure ensures high driving stability and a high-strength bead core maintains optimized positioning on the rim. In combination with the wide tire shoulder and the optimized block design, this ensures more precise steering response and improved grip when cornering, as well as optimized handling even on dry roads. The shoulder area of the new Hankook UHP winter tire, with wide interlocking shoulder blocks, also provides the tread’s necessary block stiffness, thereby increasing cornering stability even at higher speeds.
The Winter i*cept evo 3 tread pattern for cars will be available in 50 sizes from 17 to 21 inches with tread widths from 195 to 295 mm and aspect ratios from 30 to 60 in the speed indices from H to W. The SUV version, the Winter i*cept evo 3 X, is currently available in 45 sizes from 17 to 22 inches with tread widths from 215 to 315 mm and aspect ratios from 30 to 65 in speed indices H to W.
Over the course of next year the line-up will be further expanded, and the predecessor gradually replaced. With the first introduction to the European market, Hankook will expand the launch to other markets over the following months.