Michelin: The new CrossClimate 2 is “Peerless”

Michelin has announced the results of comparing the performance of the CrossClimate 2 with tires of other brands.

Michelin has launched a tire with a combination of performance and safety features that cannot be offered by any other passenger or crossover tire on the North American market.

Tread pattern
Tread pattern

«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 — Michelin says — the CrossClimate2 delivers them all — wet stopping, longevity, dry grip and improved snow performance.»

Michelin CrossClimate 2
Michelin CrossClimate 2

The CrossClimate2 has a distinct V-formation tread pattern, which 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, the company adds.

«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.»

Michelin CrossClimate 2
Michelin CrossClimate 2

Special attention was paid to the tire’s ability to keep up its performance as it wears down. All tires begin to wear after their first drive. But not all tires offer outstanding stopping power as they wear, Michelin says. In order to demonstrate the advantages of the new model, the company published the results of comparing the new tire against its rivals. In the wet test, the tread depth was deliberately reduced to 2.4 mm, and the Michelin CrossClimate2 was still able to outperform its competitors from two other major brands, the difference in stopping distances amounting to 15 meters when stopping from 80 km/h.

Wet Braking (235/55 R18)

Michelin
43.6
Continental
59.7
Goodyear
60.5

Info! Braking from 80 km/h.

Wet Braking (215/55 R17)

Michelin
55.2
Continental
65.9
Goodyear
69.4

Info! Braking from 80 km/h.

Longevity tests were also performed to determine the tire’s expected mileage. The tests showed that the CrossClimate2 can ensure an expected mileage 24,000 km longer than that of its competitors.

Expected mileage (235/55 R18)

Michelin
108 300
Continental
93 500
Goodyear
83 700

Info! Chevrolet Equinox, km.

Expected mileage (215/55 R17)

Michelin
98 300
Continental
88 000
Goodyear
76 100

Info! Toyota Camry, km.

In the dry grip test, the CrossClimate2 stopped up to 16 feet shorter (more than one full car length) on dry pavement than four leading competitive tires.

Dry Braking (235/55 R18)

Michelin
34.4
Continental
36.9
Goodyear
39.6

Info! Braking from 96 km/h.

Dry Braking (215/55 R17)

Michelin
35.1
Continental
36.7
Bridgestone
37.9

Info! Braking from 96 km/h.

In the snow tests, the new tire with a tread depth buffed to 2.4 mm was compared to a reference tire in accordance with the standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). As a result, the snow traction delivered by the CrossClimate2 was by a third stronger than that of its rivals.

Snow Traction (235/55R18)

Michelin
93
Goodyear
65
Continental
63

Info!  Tread depth is 2.4 mm.

Snow Traction (215/55R17)

Michelin
90
Bridgestone
62
Continental
59

Info! Tread depth is 2.4 mm.

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, ranging from 16 to 20 inches. In early 2021, an additional 31 sizes will be available. The tire is backed by a 97,000 km treadwear warranty.

Quick Take
N/A 37
  • This tire model has not been officially released yet
  • This tire will replace Michelin / CrossClimate
  • Available Sizes in Line: 25
  • Year Released: 2020
  • Regions for sale: Northern America
Michelin CrossClimate 2

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