Nokian Presents a New All-Season Tire

Nokian is expanding the recently presented Outpost Family of all-terrain tires for SUVs, CUVs and pickups.

Last October, Finland’s Nokian introduced a new all-terrain tire Nokian Outpost AT, and early this year the company announced that it would extend this line with yet another model — Nokian Outpost APT — which was designed exclusively for the North American market.

The Outpost APT model features a less aggressive tread design compared to the Outpost AT, and the company describes it as an «all-weather tire for owners of SUVs and crossovers who will appreciate its versatility». Both tires from the new line feature a three-peak mountain snowflake sign that confirms their suitability for use in the snow.

Nokian Outpost APT
Nokian Outpost APT

«The Outpost AT and APT are groundbreaking products that will deliver the next generation of rugged driving, both on and off the road — said Nokian Tyres Director of Products Steve Bourassa — We have designed and tested them in extreme conditions across North America and the world, and we are confident they will help drivers extend their terrain, toughness and travel.»

Hans Dyhrman, Nokian’s marketing director for North America, said the company sees a lot of growth potential in the segment, noting the APT could be used on vehicles by outdoor enthusiasts but who still use their SUV or pickup as a daily driver.

Nokian Outpost APT
Nokian Outpost APT

«Nokian is already capturing more market share in the region, including in the light truck market — he added — In Dayton, the company is investing $360 million and moving toward producing 4 million tires a year at the factory that opened in late 2019. The Outpost is not yet made in Dayton, but we look forward to more of our product being crafted in North America, and Nokian wants to double sales in the region.»

Nokian Outpost APT
Nokian Outpost APT

The Outpost is currently produced at Nokian’s factory outside St. Petersburg, Russia, but, as Wes Boling, Nokian’s senior communications and content manager, shared, the company eventually plans to make its entire North American product portfolio in Dayton. However, he did not elaborate on when exactly that would happen.

Tire Sidewall
Tire Sidewall

Nokian is known first of all for its winter tires, and the new Outpost APT was also developed for effective operation during the cold season. The snow and slush tests were performed at the company’s test facility beyond the Arctic Circle; the wide 3D sipes with sharp edges are meant to ensure optimum grip on snow-covered surfaces.

Sharp Edges / Wide Siping
Sharp Edges / Wide Siping

Just like other SUV tires made by Nokian, the new Outpost APT model features sidewalls reinforced by aramid fibers, which improves the tire’s resistance to puncture. For extra protection of the carcass, the tread of the Outpost APT features Gravel Guards that reduce the risk of mechanical damage when driving on rocky terrain. In addition, the reinforced inner structure of the tire increased its carrying capacity.

Gravel Guards
Gravel Guards

The tire is manufactured from a rubber compound with a high content of silica, which, as the company claims, improved overall traction without compromising tread life. In addition, the increased tread depth extends expected mileage, at the same time improving the tire’s winter performance. The compound was further improved for lower rolling resistance, which serves to cut down fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

Included as a feature for consumers to impact the overall look of their vehicle, the APT features a dual sidewall design, with one sidewall that has a more conventional, smooth look and the other with a more aggressive feel.

Aramid Strong Sidewalls
Aramid Strong Sidewalls

The Nokian Outpost APT is manufactured in 34 sizes with a fitting diameter ranging from 16 to 20 inches.

Quick Take
N/A 33
  • Available Sizes in Line: 34
  • Year Released: 2022
  • Regions for sale: North America
Nokian Outpost APT

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