Michelin Americas has unveiled what it claims is the toughest truck tire ever. The Michelin X Works Z tire is positioned as an all-position tire for mixed on- and off-road applications in highly demanding environments. It is offered as a replacement for the Michelin XZY 3 tire and comes with a five percent removal-mileage increase in comparison to the XZY 3 tire.
Michelin Americas Truck Tiers vice president of marketing Adam Murphy said the tire was designed to meet the requirements of users from the energy, tanker and construction sectors who needed a tire that could “fight against road hazards so they can keep running and get their work done.” He added that the tire has multiple features to protect the casing and sidewall from shocks and impacts. Hence, it delivers the uptime, durability and capping fleet operators require to minimize costs and increase uptime.
The new tire has a protector ply that is 50 per cent wider and a thicker layer of cushion gum to improve uptime and provide higher levels of protection and casing durability when compared to tires from other brands like the M843 from Bridgestone and G751 MSA Duraseal (in size 11R22.5 LR) from Goodyear. The tire’s strong casing has a groove-to-groove protector ply for providing complete protection for the grooves and the thick, shock-absorbing cushion gum minimizes the effect of impact shocks.
Another distinctive feature of the tire is its dual-layered defense against stone retention and stone drilling, with V-channels and groove bottom protectors. The sidewall is thick to reduce the effect of impacts and has received double treatment of TW6 Ozone Resistor for better protection from ozone cracking.
Currently, the Michelin X Works Z tire has been made available at the retail level in the U.S. in sizes 11R22.5, 12R22.5 and 11R24.5 in load range H. In load range L, it will be available in315/80R22.5.
Customers who buy the tire will benefit from Michelin’s six-month “worry-free road-hazard guarantee”, according to which they will receive USD 200 credit per tire if the tire is taken out of service in the first six months or sooner than fifty percent of its useable tread life.
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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