GREENVILLE, S.C.—Michelin North America Inc. has launched the Defender 2 tire for crossover utility vehicles and passenger vehicles, featuring an 80,000-mile treadwear warranty and an expansion of the size range into 19- and 20-inch rim diameters.
The Defender 2 tire is designed to handle the extra weight and torque of small SUVs, minivans and electric vehicles, Michelin said.
"As the market evolves toward electrification and small SUVs, we continue to strengthen our leadership in longevity and performance," said Pierluigi Cumo, senior director of Michelin brand and retail marketing.
"Throughout our testing, the Defender 2 easily beat several leading competitors in tread life. With significant market coverage in sizing, the Defender 2 will be a welcome addition for dealers and consumers."