A new heavy-duty light truck tire designed specifically for 3/4- and 1-ton pickup trucks and vans will be available in the U.S. and Canada from Michelin North America Inc. on April 1, 2019.
The Michelin Agilis CrossClimate will take advantage of not only the pick-ups and vans used in commercial applications, but also the European van platforms that have become increasingly popular in the North American market. It will be available in a design for LT-metric sizes and a design for C-metric sizes.
Vehicle applications include local and parcel delivery fleets; food and beverage and temperature-controlled vehicles; telecom and utility fleets; and trade fleets, including landscaping, plumbing, electrical, HVAC and pest control.
"Today’s local fleets demand a product to meet their specific commercial needs, and the Agilis CrossClimate tire is our most durable tire for heavy-duty light trucks and for lighter commercial applications," says Adam Murphy, vice president of B2B marketing for Michelin. "Through engineering and innovation, Michelin has developed a tire that lasts longer under heavy loads, and also offers shorter wet-stopping distances and better snow traction than other leading competitive commercial tires."
Responding to the wide-ranging demands for these vehicles in last-mile delivery and urban or suburban commercial uses, the Michelin Agilis CrossClimate was designed with these benefits:
- durability over extended mileage;
- towing and hauling heavy loads with confidence;
- improved protection from impacts, punctures and aggressions;
- all-weather (or all-season) performance for year-round rough work conditions, as well as wet braking in high-stress applications. It is branded with the 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol.
The tire features MaxPressure Profile technology, which optimizes the tire footprint for better wear life under high pressure, heavy loads, high torque and stop-and-go driving. Additionally, the distinctive StabiliBlok design provides wider and longer tread blocks "that resist extreme torque while providing relatively cooler operating temperatures under full loads and at high speeds."
Michelin's SipeLock technology provides hundreds of biting edges for improved wet and snow traction without sacrificing tread-block stability. And curbGard sidewall protectors resist curb scrubbing in urban environments.
The Michelin Agilis CrossClimate will be available in 16 LT sizes for passenger-vehicle platforms such as the Ford F-Series, Ford Econoline, Chevrolet Express, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Dodge Ram 2500 and Mercedes Sprinter. Five C-Metric sizes are available for lighter-duty commercial vehicles such as the Ford Transit, Ram ProMaster and Nissan NV200.
LT-metric sizes: LT215/85R16, LT225/75R16, LT235/85R16, LT245/75R16, LT265/75R16, LT235/80R17, LT245/70R17, LT245/75R17, LT265/70R17, LT285/70R17, LT265/70R18, LT275/65R18, LT275/70R18, LT265/60R20, LT275/65R20 and LT285/60R20.
C-metric sizes: 185/60R15C, 195/75R16C, 205/65R15C, 225/75R16C and 235/65R16C.