New Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Launced in North America
Earlier this week, Michelin North America introduced its next generation of winter tyres with Michelin X-Ice Xi2, which promises longer tread life and improved fuel economy without compromising winter traction. The tyre was unveiled during a special media event at Mont-Tremblant in Quebec.
“With this new generation, the Michelin Xi2 tyre, is raising the bar even higher,” said Normand Latremouille, MNA’s winter category manager. “The Michelin X-Ice Xi2 lasts up to 75 per cent longer than its leading competitor. The longer wear life is in addition to maintaining other top tyre performances such as handling and traction.” MNA said it tested the new X-Ice Xi2 against the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60.
The X-Ice Xi2’s tread features an advanced block design and Michelin’s FleX-Ice rubber silica-based compound for braking, traction and cornering on ice, snow, slush and water. In addition, the tyre has a low rolling resistance tread for improved fuel efficiency, said Michelin. The tyre will be available across the US and Canada in the autumn with 42 sizes covering 13- through 18-inch wheel diameters. (Tire Review/Akron)