Michelin has launched a tire with a combination of performance and safety attributes that have never been seen in a passenger or crossover tire in North America. The MICHELIN® CrossClimate®2 tire was designed to bring unmatched year-round performance in unexpected weather conditions.
Competitors in the “all-season” tire category typically deliver one or two performance areas well but have to make sacrifices in other areas that are important to drivers. The CrossClimate2 delivers them all – wet stopping, longevity, dry grip and snow performance.
“We designed this tire to deliver safety and performance in every stop, every turn, and throughout every season,” said Michelin brand director Matthew Cabe. “Parents, caretakers and all conscientious drivers understand the responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others when they drive. They don’t want to feel powerless. This tire gives them confidence and control in any weather, during any season.”
The CrossClimate2 has a distinct V-formation tread pattern. This tread pattern works together with the tire’s proprietary rubber compound to redefine the “all-season” category and bring drivers a tire that excels in more climate conditions than any competing product.
Wet performance – When Michelin engineers began developing the CrossClimate2, they knew they needed a tire that “grips to the last stop.” All tires begin to wear after their first drive. But not all tires offer outstanding stopping power as they wear. The CrossClimate2 does. In wet conditions, even when worn, the CrossClimate2 stopped shorter than leading competitive tires – up to 50 feet shorter when stopping from 50 mph.1
Longer lasting – Road testing shows the CrossClimate2 wears better than leading competitors. Not by a little bit, by a lot — up to 15,000 extra miles. That’s up to an additional year of use.2
Dry grip – Stopping power matters in wet or dry conditions. The CrossClimate2 stops up to 16 feet shorter (more than one full car length) on dry pavement than four leading competitive tires.3
Snow performance – Drivers in snowy climates can have confidence in the “3-peak mountain snowflake rating” given to the CrossClimate2. This severe snow capability delivers up to 31% better snow traction when worn than four leading all-season worn competitive tires.4
Noise – Michelin used PIANO Noise Reduction Tuning to design a tread with blocks and angles that cancel out “harmonic” road noise and create ideal amplitude for the contact patch, creating a quieter ride.
The CrossClimate2 will be available in 56 sizes, fitting 76% of the best-selling passenger cars and crossovers in the marketplace today. Currently 25 sizes are available. In early 2021, an additional 31 sizes will be available.