GREENVILLE, S.C.—Michelin North America Inc. has launched a next-generation X Works D on-/off-road, drive tire for the construction, energy, concrete and logging sectors operating in mixed-use conditions.
"Vehicles working in off-road conditions encounter rock, gravel, mud, debris and other demanding conditions but still have to meet critical deadlines. Safety is key and downtime is costly," said Justin Brock, Michelin's marketing manager for construction.
"We started the design process of this tire with the customer. We not only gathered insights, but also put the tires to the test on fleets using it in some of the most demanding environments. Therefore, we are confident the X Works D tire is designed to meet these challenges and we stand behind it with our six-month road hazard guarantee."
Michelin said the X Works D tire offers three benefits:
- Traction: Full-tread-depth lateral groove tread patterns provide balance between stability for increased wear and improved rubber-to-void ratio for maximum traction. Teardrop sipes in the tire open as they wear, providing additional traction.
- Wear performance: The tire is designed to provide 15 percent longer tread life than its predecessor tire, the X Works XDY.
- Toughness: Four steel belts at the crown of the tire protect from shock, impact and road hazards for enhanced durability and puncture resistance.
Stone ejectors and tear drop sipes incorporated around the center block decrease stone retention and drilling. Michelin claims the X Works D retains 25 percent fewer stones when new compared with the X Works XDY.
The X Works D is available in the U.S. and Canada in 11R22.5 and 11R24.5 sizes in load range LRH. X Works D is backed by Michelin's "Worry Free 6-month Road Hazard Guarantee."