Nokian unveils new Hakkapeliitta R3 winter tires

Nokian Tires introduces its new non-studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 and Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV winter tire. It is part of the company’s offering to provide much-needed peace of mind in case of a sudden snowstorm or rapidly freezing road surfaces. The further improved ice grip and better handling are based on the Arctic Sense Grip concept developed by Nokian Tires that makes driving wonderfully controlled, precise and quiet in slippery winter weather as well as on bare roads.

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 brings an unparalleled sense of effortlessness to driving on Northern roads. Its extensive size selection of 68 products, with sizes from 14 to 21 inches, is an excellent match for modern car models, hybrids and electric cars included. The selection covers, for example, the Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3, BMW i3 and VW e-Golf. The new tire has a speed rating of R (170 km/h). The tires with a profile of 45 or lower are designed for higher speeds and have a speed rating of T (190 km/h).

“The new Hakkapeliitta R3 maximises the winter driver’s peace of mind in varying winter weather. This is, indeed, a balance between safety and comfort for winter driving. The tire rolls fluently and silently. The tire retains its precise and responsive steering as well as lateral grip, which is essential for winter safety, during lane changes as well as tight corners,” says Marko Rantonen, Product Development Manager for Nokian Tires.


The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV, designed for high-performance sport utility vehicles, exudes an air of efficient power. The tire’s uncompromising winter grip and easy handling make driving an enjoyable adventure in the busy urban winter traffic and on the rolling gravel hills of the countryside. The tire rolls with a natural fluency, and road contact remains logical and stable when accelerating in icy ruts as well as in high-speed cornering on wet roads. The sturdy structure and Aramid reinforced sidewalls provide much-needed durability by protecting against impacts and cuts that could stop your trip short.

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV’s size selection of 63 products covers sizes from 16 to 21 inches. Most of the sizes are marked XL for the highest possible load capacity. Out of the hybrid and electric cars, the new Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV is an excellent match for the Volvo XC90, BMW X5, MB GLC 350e and Tesla Model X, for example. The entire modern product range will be available for the winter tire season in the autumn of 2018. The key markets for the Hakkapeliitta winter tire family, a champion of demanding winter weather, are the Nordic countries, Russia, North America, Japan and China.

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