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Posted on May 05, 2021

Michelin Launches 44 New Sizes for X-Ice Snow Winter Tire

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  • Tire that ushered in a new generation of winter performance to be available in 119 sizes by end of year
  • Improved braking and longevity bring a superior new winter tire option
  • With additional sizes, tire covers 93% of winter tire market

The MICHELIN® X-Ice® Snow tire has launched 44 new sizes that will start to be available this month. Launched in 2020, the X-Ice SNOW set the bar as a leading winter tire designed for maximum mobility and safety, winter after winter. With the phase 2 launch, the tire will be available in a total of 119 sizes.

The X-Ice SNOW features improved snow performance and braking as compared with its predecessor1, stops nearly 10 feet shorter on ice than a leading competitor2 and lasts up to one additional winter season than leading competitor tires.3

The X-Ice SNOW was developed, tested and proven in Michelin’s Nordic test centers under the most rigorous constant extreme-winter driving conditions. The tire provides the necessary traction to overcome snow and ice by relying on innovations that support the key characteristics of a winter tire:

  • Next-generation V-shaped tread design - providing 100% use of the contact patch for optimal grip performance on snow and ice and for exceptional slush performance4. Maintains its shape even when worn to continue providing grip in winter conditions.
  • FLEX-ICE 2.0™ tread compound - a unique rubber mix for use in a wide range of winter temperatures with a full silica-based compound to maintain flexibility in severe cold climate conditions.
  • MICHELIN EverGrip™ technology - an innovative tread compound with rigid polymer for improved grip on both snow and ice for the duration of the wear life.2
  • Two types of full-depth, interlocking 3-D sipes - for an increased claw effect on snow and ice, and for long-lasting biting edges.

The X-Ice SNOW tire replaces Michelin’s X-Ice® Xi3 and Latitude X-Ice® Xi2 tire lines with speed ratings T and H for passenger vehicles, CUVs and SUVs using 14 to 22-inch rim diameters.

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1. Based on third-party ice braking test (between 30 km/h and 5 km/h) in December 2019 and January 2020, in a Volkswagen® Tiguan comparing the MICHELIN® X-Ice® SNOW SUV tire versus NOKIAN® Hakkappeliitta R3 SUV in tire size 235/55R19 105H XL. Tires mechanically buffed, then 8,000 km performed in real usage in North Finland, until worn to 4 mm tread depth before being tested.

2. New, at 10,000 km, and when worn to 4 mm and 2 mm tread depth, the MICHELIN® X-Ice® SNOW tire offers shorter snow and ice stopping distances on average than its predecessor, based on third-party snow braking test (between 35 km/h and 5 km/h) and ice braking test (between 30 km/h and 5 km/h), in December 2019 and January 2020: (1) on a Volkswagen® Golf 1.5 TSI  comparing the MICHELIN®  X-Ice® SNOW tire versus MICHELIN® X-ICE® Xi3 in tire size  205/55R16 94H XL, and (2) on a Volkswagen® Tiguan comparing the MICHELIN® X-Ice® SNOW SUV tire versus MICHELIN® Latitude® X-ICE® Xi2 in tire size 235/55R19 105H XL.

3. Based on third-party longevity tests, in North Finland between October 2019 and January 2020, on a Volkswagen® Golf 1.5 TSI comparing the MICHELIN® X-Ice® SNOW tire versus BRIDGESTONE® Blizzak WS-90, CONTINENTAL® Viking Contact 7, NOKIAN® Hakkappeliitta R3, GOODYEAR® UltraGrip Ice 2, Pirelli® Ice Zero FR in tire size 205/55R16 94H XL. 12,000 kilometres driven per winter is estimated from annual average kilometres driven in Canada per vehicle by Desrosiers Automotive Consultants. A winter season is defined as six months.

4. Based on: (1) internal hydroplaning longitudinal acceleration test performed in France in March 2019, on a Volkswagen® Golf 7 comparing the MICHELIN® X-Ice® SNOW tire versus MICHELIN® X-ICE® Xi3 in tire size 205/55R16 94H XL and on: (2) internal hydroplaning curve test performed in Japan in February 2019, on an AUDI® A4, comparing the MICHELIN® X-Ice® SNOW tire versus MICHELIN® X-ICE® Xi3 in tire size 205/55R16 94H XL.

 

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