Michelin North America Inc. is targeting a fast-rising segment of the truck tire industry with its new Michelin X Multi D, a regional drive-position tire designed for trucks and fleets making shorter, more regional urban hauls. Adam Murphy, vice president of marketing for Michelin Americas Truck Tires, a division of Michelin North America, says the X Multi D offers the key qualities regional fleets need:
- long lasting tread life,
- all weather traction,
- scrub resistance,
- durable casing, and
- driver satisfaction.
The tire’s tread is made up of a combination of specialized rubber compounds. The top layer provides scrub resistance, and the bottom layer compound allows the tire to operate while keeping the casing cool. The tread also is maximized by tear drop grooves at the bottom of the siping which help prevent torque cracking, while also decreasing heel-toe wear. In every size, the X Multi D comes with 28/32nd tread depth.
As for traction, Michelin says the tire offers “more grip, less slip.” The pass through open shoulder allows for quick evacuation of material, whether it’s water, mud, snow or slush. The X Multi D features tread regeneration. As the tire wears, matrix siping evident at 28/32nd opens up to create a tread groove at 14/32nd, and opens even wider at 6/32nd. That tread regeneration provides traction throughout the tire’s life, the company says.
The casing is double treated to help resist Ozone damage and weathering, and the full width protector ply helps to guard against penetrations. Michelin says the X Multi D the biting edges help the tire grip onto surfaces quickly, even in snowy conditions. In a standardized snow test, Michelin says its tire traveled 80% farther than the Bridgestone M726ELA in the same size, 11R22.5.
Michelin says the X Multi D will get 65% better mileage than its predecessor, the Michelin XDE M/S tire.
“This next-generation regional drive tire offers first-class performance and is designed to excel in high torque applications and delivers all the key performance benefits needed in a regional tire — traction, high removal mileage and scrub resistance — with no trade-offs,” says Murphy. “With an aggressive open-shoulder design that contributes to outstanding water evacuation for an optimized contact patch in all-weather conditions, the new Michelin X Multi D delivers the maximum tread life, traction and casing durability fleets demand.”
The X Multi D initially is coming to market in two sizes, and three load ranges.
A fourth size will be available in the third quarter of 2017: 275/80R22.5, load range G. Two more sizes are coming in the first half of 2018. The tire is available in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
The tire is retreadable, Murphy says. “We are actively working on an X Multi D retread. We’re not ready to announce the launch of the retread, but it’s absolutely in development as we speak.”
The Confidence Guarantee
Michelin is standing behind the X Multi D with the Confidence Guarantee.
“If the tire does not meet expectations for mileage, traction and driver satisfaction, then Michelin will reimburse any cost difference for a competitive drive tire,” the company says.
“We absolutely recognize the fact that we command a premium for the Michelin brand,” Murphy says. “We think the guarantees like the Confidence Guarantee are helpful in giving the fleet (and driver) confidence.”
Murphy provided an example of how the guarantee would work, using round figures for easy calculations. If a customer pays $500 for the Michelin X Multi D and isn’t satisfied, and a competing drive tire is $425, Michelin would reimburse the customer $75 for each tire purchased.
For more information, visit www.michelintruck.com.