PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — TBC Brands is adding the Sumitomo Encounter HT2, a tire designed for SUVs, CUVs, pickup trucks and vans, to the Sumitomo-brand it distributes in the U.S.
The Encounter HT2 builds on the existing Encounter HT, with improved dry handling and wet braking as well as an extended tread life with a smooth, quiet ride.
The Encounter HT2 offers the traction, toughness, and versatility demanded by drivers, TBC said. It is available in 52 metric and light truck sizes covering 16- to 22-inch rim diameters and in H, S and T speed ratings.
The tire has wide circumferential grooves and wave-shaped lateral sipes for advanced hydroplaning resistance as well as smooth, curved shoulder grooves for reduced noise. Its reinforced bead apex and full-width, jointless nylon overlay plies create optimized cornering strength and high-speed stability.
"The Encounter HT2 is the perfect addition to Sumitomo's product lineup with its innovative tread design and exceptional warranty package, providing drivers a reliable and comfortable ride for their everyday adventures," Kyle Sanders, director of consumer product marketing for TBC Brands said.
"We remain committed to offering high-quality products with top-tier performance while offering dealers exceptional value."
The Encounter HT2 includes a warranty protection package including a 60,000-mile limited treadwear warranty; two-year, 24/7 tire roadside assistance coverage; one-year tire road-hazard protection plan; a 30-day free test drive and free lifetime replacement for workmanship or material defects.