LOUISVILLE. Hankook Tire is using the Mid-America Trucking Show to display its newest truck tire, the Smart Flex DL12 long/regional haul model.

The drive position TBR tire will be released in the third quarter this year and available in six sizes: 11R22.5 14 and 16 ply, 11R24.5 14 and 16 ply, 295/75R22.5 and 285/75R24.5.

Hankook is also showing its recently released e3 Wide DL07 and e3 Wide TL07 Ultra Wide Base drive and trailer position tires on display.

The Smart Flex DL12 offers all-weather traction, improved tread wear, handling and stability. It incorporates a 4-channel full depth zig-zag groove tread pattern offering excellent traction and tread life, an optimized carcass structure for better ride and handling, an improved bead profile for superior retreadability and a multiple 3-dimensional kerf design that provides additional traction and helps to prevent irregular wear.

“The new Smart Flex DL12 offers fleets nationwide an innovative new drive tire which focuses on traction, handling and durability,” said Brian Sheehey, Hankook Tire America Corp. director of commercial tire sales. “This new tire provides fleets the security and performance benefits they have been asking for in this segment.”

Both the e3 Wide DL07 and e3 Wide TL07, first unveiled at the 2013 SEMA show, incorporate Hankook’s spiral-coil technology for improved casing durability, an advanced tread pattern to prevent irregular tread wear and are both approved for Smartway.