Kumho designed the futuristic all-terrain tyres fitted to the innovative Hyundai Carlino compact SUV unveiled at this month’s Auto Expo 2016 in Delhi. The collaboration between the South Korean tyre manufacturer and Hyundai has resulted in a tyre that that adapts to all manner of surfaces while maintaining optimum grip.
With strong on- and off-road performance, the Kumho-shod Carlino showcases a new level of mobility for compact SUVs aimed at emerging international markets. When designing its tyres, Kumho prioritised safety and versatility. The result is a unique product with broad shoulders for maximum grip and adaptability, and a special tread pattern that speeds the expulsion of dirt and grit. Unlike most such tyres that exhibit quite noisy on-road performance, the sound of those created for the Carlino is minimised by special 3D honeycomb tread blocks.
The tyres for the Carlino are the latest in a long line of concept designs by Kumho, the most recent of which include those for the Kia Nova, which optimised wet weather performance, and the unforgettable super-low aspect ratio Maxplo tyres – these scooped last year’s top honour in the Futuristic class of the much coveted Italian A’ Design Awards for featuring tread blocks that adjust to suit all weather conditions. Kumho tyres are regular winners of other such international accolades as the German iF and Red Dot design awards.