Michelin adds 4 sizes to X Multi T2 range
Michelin has expanded its X Multi T2 commercial tyre range with the launch of four new 17.5-inch sizes for low platform trailers, such as step frames, car transporters and double-decks. The new sizes are 215/75 R17.5, 235/75 R17.5, 245/70 R17.5 and 205/65 R17.5.
“The continued expansion of the X Multi T2 range is a direct result of the more than 600 million euros we invest in research and development every year,” says Chris Smith, sales director B2B UK and ROI at Michelin. “These new tyres are the perfect fit for heavy-duty transport fleets where reliability, whatever the weather, is absolutely key.”
The new Michelin X Multi T2 fitments incorporate the latest Regenion technology – a self-regenerating tread pattern which includes hidden grooves that appear as the tread wears down. These extra grooves help to maintain grip, traction and safety levels throughout the tyre’s life.
Other technologies featured in the tyres include Powercoil and InfiniCoil. The tyres are further strengthened with HT Nylon Technology, a new innovation that wraps around the bead and enhances stability and endurance, and also increases the tyres’ load index.
The impact of HT Nylon is significant for tyres in twinned formation; Michelin reports that load carrying capacity for 205/65 R17.5 tyres is 600 kilogrammes higher across the axle compared to predecessor tyre the MaxiTrailer. The increase for 215/75 R17.5 tyres is 240 kilogrammes compared to the XTE2+, while the load carrying capacity for 235/75 R17.5 rises by 400 kilogrammes compared to the XTE2+.
Aftermarket customers can now obtain the X Multi T2 in sizes 215/75 R17.5, 235/75 R17.5 and 245/70 R17.5, and all three are offered as original equipment by trailer manufacturers. The 205/65 R17.5 size will follow in September 2019. Michelin confirms that the new tyres are both regrooveable and retreadable.