Michelin Premier is OE on 2016 Lexus RX

April 1, 2015

The 2016 Lexus RX, introduced at the New York International Auto Show, arrives with Michelin’s latest advancement in tire safety technology, the Michelin Premier LTX tire.

Michelin North America Inc.'s Scott Clark, chief operating officer of passenger and light truck tires, previously told Modern Tire Dealer the Premier LTX officially will launch in June.

Featuring EverGrip technology, the Michelin Premier tire is designed to provide drivers with continued safety even as their tires wear down, making them safe when new and safe when worn. Michelin says even when worn its Premier LTX tires stop shorter on wet roads than leading competitive brand new tires.

Available on 2016 Lexus RX models, the Michelin Premier tire combines hidden grooves that emerge as the tire wears, expanding rain grooves that widen over time to continue to evacuate water and a unique rubber compound for increased wet grip.

“We worked very closely with the Lexus team to tune the Premier tire to meet the important safety and performance needs of the next generation Lexus RX,” says Thom Roach, vice president of Original Equipment marketing for Michelin North America.  “The Michelin Premier tire, like the Lexus itself, offers advancements in safety and performance that demonstrate both brands’ commitment to innovation.”

The Michelin Premier tire was recognized by Popular Science magazine as one of the Top 100 innovations of 2014 in its annual “Best of What’s New” list. The New England Motor Press Association and MIT also selected the tire as a top technology for automotive suppliers.

The Michelin Premier LTX tire for the Lexus RX will be available in an 18-inch and 20-inch option. Tire sizes are 235/65R18 and 235/55R20.

For more information, visit www.michelinman.com.