UK launch for Michelin X MultiWay 3D
Michelin reports the recent UK release of its latest truck tyre, the X MultiWay 3D, a product that gets its name from the three-dimensional nature of its tread sipes. These namesake sipes, incidentally, are designed to generate grip in difficult climatic conditions. Michelin says it is primarily aiming the tyre at ‘regional’ hauliers – those operating vehicles which typically spend around 60 per cent of time on local roads and 40 per cent on dual carriageways and motorways.
According to Michelin, the X MultiWay 3D satisfies the requirements expressed by users in this segment, namely through providing a high-traction and all-weather design that has been proven in internal trials to increase total mileage performance by up to 15 per cent for steer axle fitments, and up to 30 per cent for drive axle fitments (compared with Michelin XZE2+/XDE2+). Rolling resistance is also up to 25 per cent lower than the tyre maker’s E2+, XDN2 Grip and MultiWay XD ranges.
Michelin’s UK head of Truck and Earthmover Marketing, Martin Covington, says this range of tyres will ‘tick the box’ for hauliers looking for a single truck tyre range that can deliver necessary fleet efficiency gains in many applications. “The launch of the X MultiWay 3D is testament to the 500 million euros of investment Michelin channels into research and development every year – more than any other tyre manufacturer in the world,” said Covington. “It’s this commitment to constantly expanding the envelope of tyre design which enables us to introduce truck tyres featuring such advanced technology.”
The X MultiWay 3D range incorporates many of the Michelin Durable Technologies. These include three-dimensional patented ‘Double Wave’ sipes which optimise tread block rigidity and self-regenerating ‘Raindrop’ sipes that improve grip when two-thirds worn – Michelin claims traction is 19 per cent better than the XZE2+/XDE2+ at this level of wear. The X MultiWay 3D drive axle tyre now has the new ‘TowerPump’ sipes, which Michelin says assist in the generation of superior grip on slippery surfaces. InfiniCoil technology is also integrated into the 70-series steer axle tyre variants of the tyres to provide an eight tonne front axle load capacity.
“Both the steer and drive tyres also feature M+S markings. Given the recent successive bad winters we’ve experienced in the UK and Ireland, this capability should prove to be a significant benefit for users,” Covington added.
The 315/80 R 22.5 X MultiWay 3D XZE steer axle tyre was launched in May. It is being followed by the 315/70 R 22.5 X MultiWay 3D XZE and 315/70 R 22.5 XDE tyres this month, with the initial launch line-up concluded with the 315/80 R 22.5 XDE tyre in July.