Michelin Introduces New X-ICE SNOW Winter Tire
Michelin has introduced a new version of it’s Michelin X-ICE winter tire. Third party tests show that the Michelin X-ICE Snow Winter tire features better snow performance and braking compared to its previous winter tires, the Michelin X-ICE Xi3 and the Michelin Latitude X-ICE xi2. The third party testing facility tested the Michelin X-ICE Snow Winter tires when they were new, after being driven 6200 miles, again at 5/32” and finally near 2/32”. The test checked the difference in stopping distances between 21-MPH and 3-MPH.
The test vehicles were a VW Golf 1.5L TDI which compared the Michelin X-ICE Snow Winter tire to the Michelin X-ICE Xi3. The other test vehicle was a VW Tiguan which tested the Michelin X-ICE Snow Winter tire to the Michelin Latitude X-Ice xi2.
Michelin X-ICE Snow Winter tire test results
The stop testing showed that the new MICHELIN X-Ice SNOW demonstrated better snow performance and shorter stopping distances compared to the previous Michelin models. In addition, according to Michelin, the new Michelin winter tires stopped the vehicles nearly 10 feet shorter on ice than a NOKIAN® Hakkappeliitta R3. The testing estimated that the new Michelin winter tire should and lasts up to one additional winter season compared to BRIDGESTONE® Blizzak WS-90, CONTINENTAL® Viking Contact 7, NOKIAN® Hakkappeliitta R3, GOODYEAR® UltraGrip Ice 2, and Pirelli® Ice Zero FR.
The MICHELIN X-ICE Snow winter tire will be available beginning in fall 2020 and feature improved snow and ice handling and braking in all winter conditions. The tire is also designed and produced to perform consistently throughout the life of the tire allowing drivers to use the tire an average of one additional winter season as compared to leading competitor tires.
The new MICHELIN X-Ice SNOW tire uses a new tread design and innovative compounding technologies, that resulted in improved snow performance1 and leadership in ice braking.
The new MICHELIN X-Ice SNOW tire provides the necessary traction to overcome extreme winter conditions 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 performance5. 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™ technologies: an innovative tread compound with rigid polymer for improved grip on both snow and ice for the duration of the wear life.1
• 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 MICHELIN X-ICE Snow winter tire will be available beginning in fall 2020 and feature improved snow and ice handling and braking in all winter conditions. The tire is also designed and produced to perform consistently throughout the life of the tire allowing drivers to use the tire an average of one additional winter season as compared to leading competitor tires.Posted on by Rick Muscoplat