Michelin has expanded its fuel-saving X Line Energy tyre range with the launch of six new fitments, enabling more truck fleets to benefit from its most fuel-efficient truck tyre generation.
The new additions are designed primarily for mega-volume trailers, car transporters and low height tractor units, and offer improved mileage, increased fuel efficiency and a lower rolling resistance compared to the previous generation of Michelin fuel-saving tyres in these sizes.
The launch sees Michelin X Line Energy multi-position tyres now available in 315/60 R 22.5, 295/60 R 22.5, and an all-new 355/50 R 22.5 size. Drive variants are offered in 315/60 R 22.5 and 295/60 R 22.5, while the trailer range has been expanded with 445/45 R 19.5 fitments.
All new sizes offer improved mileage potential over their predecessors, with the 315/60 R 22.5 and 295/60 R 22.5 all-position tyres projected by Michelin to offer 30 per cent and 17 per cent improved mileage potential, respectively.
Michelin says the new fitments will offer a fuel saving of 1.25 litres per 100km during the tyres’ first life – and up to 2.5 litres of fuel saved per 100km when the tyres are new. This adds up to more than £3,500 of fuel saved during the tyres’ first life in service – before being regrooved.
The new tyres’ efficiency is highlighted by their fuel efficiency rating under EU tyre labelling legislation. The new 315/60 R 22.5 all-position and 295/60 R 22.5 all-position tyres improve from a ‘C’ to a ‘B’ rating versus their predecessor, whilst the 315/60 R 22.5 drive and 295/60 R 22.5 drive tyres have improved from ‘D’ to ‘B’. The 445/45 R 19.5 trailer tyre has jumped from ‘C’ to ‘A’, whilst the all-new 355/50 R 22.5 all-position tyre has a ‘B’ rating.
All new additions to the range enjoy the benefits of Michelin’s technological leaps in three key areas: casing strength, rubber compound and tread pattern.
For the casing, the new X Line Energy multi-position tyres feature InfiniCoil – a steel cord, several hundred metres long, wrapped continuously around the crown – which, together with the Michelin Energy Flex casing, delivers exceptional robustness, improved rolling resistance, greater longevity and more even wear.
Michelin’s unique Carbion rubber compound results in a consistent, homogenous blend of rubber, providing a greater resistance to abrasion, improved mileage potential and a reduced rolling resistance – without affecting on-road performance.
Michelin engineers have also designed a self-regenerating tread pattern that offers high grip and water evacuation even as the tread wears down, and features full-depth sipes, maximising grip.
The new tyres are available on both the original equipment and replacement markets.