The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 winter tyre offers exceptional winter grip and driving stability combined with strong structure and superb durability. Designed for demanding winter use, the new Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 is reliable and safe on icy roads and snow-covered worksites alike. To maximize the durability of this special winter tyre, Nokian Tyres is introducing the world’s first stainless steel stud innovation tailored for heavy-duty use. The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 completes the modernized Nokian Hakkapeliitta winter tyre family. The versatile Nokian Hakkapeliitta family includes novelties for passenger cars, SUVs and vans alike.
The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 is specially developed for demanding winter use offering state-of-the-art safety, driving stability and durability for professional use as well as daily driving. In addition to the excellent winter properties, strong construction and great mileage, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 stands out from its predecessors thanks to the unique stud innovations and increased tread depth. Nokian Tyres, which developed the first winter tyre and holds over hundred winter safety patents, completely redesigned the studs on the Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 to tailor it for heavy use and harsh winter conditions.
The comprehensive and modern size selection of the Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 covers 16 products from 16 to 20 inches with a speed rating Q (160km/h) and it will become available to consumers during autumn 2019. The key markets for the Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT 3 are the Nordic countries, North America, Central Europe and Russia. The tyre will be available with both factory studding and as a non-studded variant. The non-studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 is developed and tested to offer maximal winter safety in areas, where studs are not permitted.
First-class winter safety
At the most demanding driving circumstances tyres are the first line of defence. The greatest challenges in wintry weather and hazardous road conditions are braking performance, lack of grip while cornering and changing lanes on snow-packed roads. For heavy vehicles, traction is especially crucial. Nokian Tyres’ renowned Hakkapeliitta winter tyres are designed to tackle even the most extreme winter conditions safely and reliably.
Driving on snowy and icy roads with heavy loads can be stressful especially with tyres not designed to handle the task. Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 is made for heavy 4X4’s and pickup type light trucks and is the perfect companion for ploughing roads or towing a trailer during the cold winter months. Rust resistance for added durability
The most important feature of the new Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 is the renewed stud technology. The Nokian Tyres’ new Arctic stud concept consists of completely new stud model and body material, improving durability in heavy use and tough winter conditions. The studs are made of stainless steel, which adds both style and functionality. The stainless steel studs are corrosion resistant, so the tyre is able to withstand salted road conditions longer. While optimizing the top of line winter grip and handling properties, it also keeps the appearance stylish.
- With a new, functional design, the new stud concept offers extreme grip on slippery conditions and more safe kilometres. The anchor stud has a new bottom flange shape and a star-shaped hard metal pin. The stud body is made of stainless steel, which improves durability in demanding use as the stud will not rust. In addition to the new material, the new studs are oriented into the stud hole using the new bottom flange. The new studs are 12.7 millimetres in length making them 2 millimetres longer compared to the previous model. It will take longer for the studs to wear out, explains Tommi Ajoviita, Development Manager from Nokian Tyres.
The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 comes with increased tread depth of 13.5 millimetres and the models with a higher load index ( >121) with a tread depth of 14.5 mm. Thanks to added tread and increased stud retention the tyre offers more durability and better mileage.
Durable structure with improved mileage
Powerful and heavy vehicles demand a lot from tyres. Tyres must be strong and firm in order to keep the tall, heavy vehicle stable in challenging conditions. The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 comes with a strong LT body structure, which actively manages high wheel loads precisely and safely. The strong body structure is also used to optimize the durability required by varying road conditions.
The great durability is complemented by extremely tear and cut resistant tread compound. Developed specifically for heavy-duty use, the Arctic Grip compound offers excellent mileage, cut resistance and durability.
The tyre also features a new, aggressive tread pattern to effectively remove snow and slush between the tyre and the road. The design of the tread centre improves stability and steering response, while the tailored siping offers excellent traction and cornering grip. The new arrow-shaped pattern features deeper grooves for added slushplaning resistance and self-cleaning capability when driving in deep snow. Compared to the previous model, Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT2, the new Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 has been substantially improved in ice and snow handling and grip. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 also features improved grip on wet and slushy conditions.
Added protection for longer service life
As with all its SUV and light truck products, Nokian Tyres incorporated its revolutionary Aramid Sidewall technology into the Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3. Sidewall damage usually requires purchasing and fitting a replacement tyre. The Aramid Sidewall technology offers a new type of durability and protection for demanding driving conditions. The strong, synthetic Aramid fibre used in the tyre sidewall compound reinforces the tyre sidewall. The fibre makes the tyre more resistant to impacts and cuts that could otherwise easily break it. Accidental tyre damage can incur a high cost, but the Aramid sidewall that protects the tyre from lateral impacts may even prevent the damage altogether.