Michelin touts improvements on XZE tire with XZE2 launch

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Michelin Americas Truck Tires says it has taken its best-selling tire – the all-position Michelin XZE – and made it better.

“Michelin continues to raise the bar for truck tire technology through continued innovations that improve tire life and durability,” says Marc Laferriere, vice president of marketing for Michelin Americas Truck Tires. “This in turn helps regional fleets and operators reduce their total cost of operation over the long run. The Michelin XZE tire has been the leading tire of choice for regional fleets. With the new XZE2 tire, the best just got better.”

The company says the improvements on the XZE tire include a number of characteristics:

  • A 15 percent increase in overall tread life, meaning more miles of operation without compromising other performance attributes;
  • An optimized tire profile, incorporating Michelin’s siping technology and four-groove design, that protects the tire against irregular wear;
  • A 6 percent wider tread area that delivers enhanced traction and stability, improving handling and maneuverability for the driver;
  • An enhanced chip- and cut-resistant tread compound for all load ranges. Previously only in LRH tires, this compound – combined with the 22/32-inch original tread depth – allows the XZE2 tire to deliver the best wear in high-scrub applications; and
  • A 5 percent reduction in rolling resistance, providing increased fuel efficiency.
  • The XZE2 tire will be available beginning March 1 in sizes 11R22.5, 275/80R22.5 and 11R24.5, with a 275/80R24.5 size becoming available in April. The XZE tire will remain available through the end of the year.