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Following the increasing popularity of powerful SUVs and trendy crossovers, Nokian Tires is launching two new SUV premium products based on the test-winning passenger car models Nokian Powerproof and Nokian Wetproof. The new Nokian Powerproof SUV is a UHP summer tire designed for powerful SUV’s. Much like the passenger car models, the Dual Zone Safety concept ensures that the contact surface of the Nokian Powerproof SUV remains consistent and predictable. The Dual Zone Safety concept consists of two functional zones. The power zone includes a new shoulder profile, firm tread blocks and sloped grooved design ensure the tire delivers excellent grip and steering precision, while the inner wet safety zone has a new tread design and polished grooves to allow for rapid water clearance. The tire tread is developed for demanding use and higher speeds, and the new Dynamic Grip SUV compound is optimized for SUV use and offers excellent grip, maximum durability and superior rolling resistance, which translates in lower fuel consumption. The size selection offers 29 products from 17 to 21 inches, with speed ratings of V (240km/h), W (270 km/h) and Y (300 km/h). The new Nokian Wetproof SUV is a summer tire designed for small and medium sized SUVs. Like the Nokian Powerproof, the Wetproof features safety zone developed specifically for different summer weather conditions. To reduce the risk of aquaplaning the tire's shoulders are equipped with sloping grooves, bullet-shaped notches that have been optimized for flow. The AquaHybrid SUV compound with advanced polymers and a new silica structure offers wet grip (class A in EU labelling) optimising, at the same time, fuel consumption. The robust construction of the Nokian Wetproof SUV combines with specially reinforced aramid sidewalls to withstand impacts and cuts. The new Nokian Wetproof SUV is available in speed ratings H (210 km/h), V (240 km/h) and W (270 km/h) and the size range offers 27 models from 16 to 19 inches.

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