Kumho’s already comprehensive 4×4 tyre range has recently been further enhanced by the addition of the Crugen HP91 and Crugen KL33 SUV offerings.
While there are numerous Kumho 4×4 products from which to choose, the majority of requirements will be covered by these fine new on-road products, plus the cross-functional new Road Venture patterned MT51 and established KL71. Between them they cover everything from such top end SUVs as the Range Rover and BMW X5 to the ever-popular Land Rover Defender.
Aimed at owners of the latest lifestyle and luxury SUVs who seek the optimum driving experience from their prestige vehicles, the high-performance Crugen HP91 will eventually replace Kumho’s long serving KL17. The newcomer features an asymmetric tread pattern combined with four wide circumferential grooves. Its silica-enhanced compound results in exceptional wet weather handling and braking, and a rolling resistance comparable to that of most passenger car tyres. The product’s other major attributes include: strong high speed stability, low wear rates, and outstanding resistance to aquaplaning. HP91 is manufactured in V, W and Y speed ratings and is available in sizes to fit, for example, the Range Rover and Range Rover Evoque, BMW X5 and X3, and Volvo XC90 and XC60. Kumho UK first demonstrated the HP91’s attributes in the demanding environment of the Rockingham Motor Speedway, and was rewarded with excellent customer feedback
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 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. Balanced traction characteristics are guaranteed 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.
Yet another welcome newcomer to the Kumho 4×4 range, 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 provides 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.
The Road Venture MT KL71 is designed for ultimate durability and off-road traction. A wider footprint has the advantage of better floatation on soft surfaces (such as sand and bog) and superior stability on-road. However, the tread itself is its most innovative aspect. On the road, the tread pitch sequence and centre elements have been designed to give a quieter ride than typical MT tyres. The centre area of the tread is strong and solid, which maximizes on-road stability and braking. The high void directional pattern has excellent aquaplaning resistance and also sheds mud well. The shoulder lugs provide incredible off-road traction on soft surfaces. A few years back, the Kumho Road Venture MT KL71 was the joint winner of the ‘ultimate tyre test’ organised by 4×4 Magazine and Land Rover World to establish the best mud-terrain tyre on the UK market.
Further information on Kumho’s extensive range of 4×4 tyres can be found at www.kumhotyre.co.uk