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Posted on March 02, 2020

MICHELIN INTRODUCES NEW X-ICE SNOW WINTER TIRE

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New-generation X-Ice tire provides improved snow and ice performance, winter after winter

Michelin introduced the MICHELIN® X-Ice® SNOW tire ― the new generation of its superior winter tire

designed for maximum mobility and safety, winter after winter ― in a special demonstration last week.

The new X-Ice SNOW winter tire for passenger cars and SUVs has been developed, tested and proven in Michelin’s Nordic test centers under the most rigorous constant extreme-winter driving conditions. Notably, 85% of Michelin’s North American volume for the X-Ice SNOW tire will be produced in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Testing reveals that the new MICHELIN X-Ice SNOW tire features improved snow performance and braking as compared to its predecessor1, stops nearly 3 meters (10 feet) shorter on ice than a leading competitor2, and lasts up to one additional winter season than the average of leading competitor tires.3

“The new MICHELIN X-Ice SNOW tire is designed to give drivers peace of mind when driving in extreme winter conditions,” says Sylvaine Cuniberti, Michelin’s marketing director. “We have an exceptional winter tire with a new tread design and innovative technologies, resulting in improved snow performance1 and leadership in ice braking4.  The MICHELIN X-Ice SNOW provides drivers and passengers with long-lasting winter performance and continues to perform as an industry leader as it wears3,4, while being covered by a segment-exclusive limited treadwear warranty.”

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 tire replaces Michelin’s X-Ice® Xi3 and Latitude X-Ice® Xi2 tire lines and will be available Fall 2020 in 82 sizes with speed ratings T and H for passenger vehicles, CUVs and SUVs using 14 to 22-inch rim diameters. An additional 41 sizes will be introduced starting Fall 2021.

For more details https://michelinmedia.com/x-ice-snow/

1 New, at 10,000 km, and when worn to 4 mm and 2 mm tread depth, the MICHELIN® X-Ice® SNOW tire offers shorter snow and ice stopping distances on average than its predecessor, based on third-party snow braking test (between 35 km/h and 5 km/h) and ice braking test (between 30 km/h and 5 km/h), in December 2019 and January 2020: (1) on a Volkswagen® Golf 1.5 TSI  comparing the MICHELIN®  X-Ice® SNOW tire versus MICHELIN® X-ICE® Xi3 in tire size  205/55R16 94H XL, and (2) on a Volkswagen® Tiguan comparing the MICHELIN® X-Ice® SNOW SUV tire versus MICHELIN® Latitude® X-Ice® Xi2 in tire size 235/55R19 105H XL.2 Based on third-party ice braking test (between 30 km/h and 5 km/h) in December 2019 and January 2020, in a Volkswagen® Tiguan comparing the MICHELIN® X-Ice® SNOW SUV tire versus NOKIAN® Hakkappeliitta R3 SUV in tire size 235/55R19 105H XL. Tires mechanically buffed, then 8,000 km performed in real usage in North Finland, until worn to 4 mm tread depth before being tested.3 Based on third-party longevity tests, in North Finland between October 2019 and January 2020, on a Volkswagen® Golf 1.5 TSI comparing the MICHELIN® X-Ice® SNOW tire versus BRIDGESTONE® Blizzak WS-90, CONTINENTAL® Viking Contact 7, NOKIAN® Hakkappeliitta R3, GOODYEAR® UltraGrip Ice 2, Pirelli® Ice Zero FR in tire size 205/55R16 94H XL. 12,000 kilometres driven per winter is estimated from annual average kilometres driven in Canada per vehicle by Desrosiers Automotive Consultants. A winter season is defined as six months.4 Based on third-party ice braking test on a Volkswagen® Tiguan (between 30 km/h and 5 km/h), in December 2019 and January 2020, comparing: (1) the MICHELIN®  X-Ice® SNOW SUV tire versus, BRIDGESTONE® Blizzak DM-V2, CONTINENTAL® Viking Contact 7, NOKIAN® Hakkappeliitta R3 SUV, GOODYEAR® UltraGrip Ice WRT SUV and TOYO® Observe GSI5 in tire size 235/55R19 105H XL and (2) on a Volkswagen® Golf 1.5 TSI comparing the MICHELIN® X-Ice® SNOW tire versus BRIDGESTONE Blizzak WS-90 and Blizzak Ice, CONTINENTAL® Viking Contact 7, NOKIAN® Hakkappeliitta R3, GOODYEAR® UltraGrip Ice 2 and PIRELLI® Ice-Zero FR in tire size 205/55R16 94H XL. All tires mechanically buffed, then 8,000 km performed in real usage in North Finland until worn to 4 mm tread depth before being tested. 5 Based on: (1) internal hydroplaning longitudinal acceleration test performed in France in March 2019, on a Volkswagen® Golf 7 comparing the MICHELIN® X-Ice® SNOW tire versus MICHELIN® X-Ice® Xi3 in tire size 205/55R16 94H XL and on: (2) internal hydroplaning curve test performed in Japan in February 2019, on an AUDI® A4, comparing the MICHELIN® X-Ice® SNOW tire versus MICHELIN® X-Ice® Xi3 in tire size 205/55R16 94H XL.

 

About Michelin North America

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve a variety of industries. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America, Inc. (www.michelinman.com) has more than 21,400 employees and operates 19 major manufacturing plants. 

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4 Comments

Dave Cousins | October 26, 2020 @ 8:44AM
Where in Kelowna, B.C. can I purchase the Michelin
x-ice Snow Tire? I've checked Kal Tire & Costco without any success! Respectfully, Dave

Mark | October 22, 2020 @ 7:07PM
Let me start by saying I have LOVED my Michelin tires, from original Xices to the Xice xi3s, and even the all season LTX tires I have on the wife’s RAV4. They are certainly leaders in tire manufacturing and technology.

HOWEVER, I am disappointed that as I try and decide between the new Michelin Xice Snow tires, and the Continental Vikingcontact 7 tires, it is nearly impossible to find raw data for stopping distance on ice and snow with the Michelin tires. Last year I drove on Blizzak WS90s and they were superior to the Xice xi3s I had the year prior on ice and is reflected in various tests including Tire rack. That being said, when worn past a certain depth, as I understand it, the compound is not as soft.

It is also interesting that Michelin claims 2.7 meters shorter stopping on ice when compared to the WS90s, BUT only when the other tires in the competition are worn to 4/32nds, which as I understand it, is below the replacement time for winter tires (5/32nds is the lowest allowed depth for winter tires in many areas). It doesn’t take a genius to notice that they compare the Xice Snows to Nokian when at full depth, but then at 4/32nds when comparing to the WS90s. Interesting spin.

I sincerely wish that I could find this information before making the purchase as I trust Michelin over Continental and have purchased more than 4 sets of Michelin tires, the majority of those being winter tires. I also love the durability of the Xice tires I ran before, superior to the Blizzaks.

I’d be happy to test and review these tires for Michelin if they would like to send a set over to me as I’m super excited about these tires even if they fall a hair short of the Blizzaks when at full depth.
Or if you could provide test data compared to other tires such as the Blizzak WS90 when both tires have full tread depth, that would be amazing. Otherwise I may have to give Continental a try.

Richard Guse | September 30, 2020 @ 1:05PM
What is availability of 275/65R18 116T?

Aldrick Frotten | April 24, 2020 @ 8:48AM
Looking up winter tires for winter 2020. This tire looks promising.

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