Canadian Manufacturing

MICHELIN launches new sizes for its winter tires

With the phase 2 launch, the tire will be available in a total of 119 sizes.

May 5, 2021  by CM Staff

LAVAL — The MICHELIN® X-Ice® SNOW tire has launched 44 new sizes that will start to be available this month.

With the phase 2 launch, the tire will be available in a total of 119 sizes.

The X-Ice SNOW offers improved snow performance and braking as compared with its predecessor, stops 2.7 metres (10 feet) shorter on ice than a leading competitor and lasts up to one additional winter season than the average of leading competitor tires, according to third-party testing.

The X-Ice SNOW was developed, researched and tested in Michelin’s Nordic test centers under a variety of driving conditions. Approximately 85% of its North American volume will be produced in Nova Scotia, Canada. The tire provides the necessary traction to overcome snow and ice by relying on the key characteristics of a winter tire:

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  • Next-generation V-shaped tread design – Purports to maintain its shape even when worn to continue providing grip in winter conditions.
  • FLEX-ICE 2.0™ tread compound – a 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 tread compound with rigid polymer for improved grip on both snow and ice for the duration of the wear life.
  • Two types of full-depth, interlocking 3-D sipes – for a claw effect on snow and ice, and for 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.