GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin has announced an upgrade to its XZY3 on/off-road tire, which it says will offer longer life and the company’s first “worry-free” road hazard guarantee.
The new Michelin X Works Z all-position tire was developed for mixed on/off-road applications, such as logging, oilfield and construction. The company says the tire features a 50% wider protector ply and a thicker layer of cushion gum than competitive tires, which provide greater casing durability.
“Construction, energy and tanker customers demand a tire that fights against road hazards so they can keep running and get their work done,” said Adam Murphy, vice-president of marketing for Michelin Americas Truck Tires. “With multiple features to protect the casing and sidewall from shocks and impacts, the new Michelin X Works Z delivers the uptime, durability and capping those fleets demand.”
In a conference call today, Michelin’s Eric Ireland said enhancements to the tire include a double treatment of TW6 Ozone Resistor for the sidewalls, to reduce cracking due to sun exposure. It also features V-channels and groove bottom protectors to keep stones and debris from becoming lodged in the tread.
Creating a rugged on/off-road tire is crucial, Ireland explained, since tire failures in these applications are likely to occur in fairly remote areas.
“Customers are looking for a tire they can rely on and believe in, that will be durable for them and give them the uptime they need,” Ireland explained. “When these vehicles go down, they’re often in pretty hard to reach locations. Durability is critical to our customers.”
To give customers confidence the tire will survive in punishing applications, Michelin is offering its first six-month road hazard guarantee. If a tire has to be taken out of service in its first six months of life, or before 50% of its usable tread depth has been worn, Michelin will give customers a $200 credit per tire.
“We want to de-risk that (buying) decision for our customers,” Ireland said. “We totally believe in this tire.”
The Michelin X Works Z is available in the US and Canada in four sizes: 11R22.5, 12R22.5 and 11R24.5 sizes in load range H and a 315/80R22.5 size in load range L. A 12R24.5 size in load range H will launch at a later date.