Preview: Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Posted by: Shelton Kwan onJanuary 24th, 2012

How do you improve on something as good as the Michelin X-Ice Xi2? Apparently, Michelin has found a way. This week, Michelin is debuting the all new X-Ice Xi3 winter tire at the Mecaglisse Ice and Snow track. Like it’s successor, it’s a dedicated snow and ice tire, which are very popular (and mandatory in Quebec) on our Canadian winter roads. How much better? The ice acceleration improvements stand out, delivering a whopping 17% shorter distances to get up to speed.

Not only does the tire improve on acceleration and braking performances, it’s more durable too. Tread life was an important part of the design requirements, and the Xi3’s are backed by a 60,000km warranty. Michelin have tested these tires extensively in the Nordic countries of Europe including Russia, as well as in Japan, New Zealand, and North America. Tomorrow, it’s our turn.

We’ve arrived at Lac Dupuis for the Ride and Drive event tomorrow at Mecaglisse. Nestled in the heart of the Laurentians, the Mecaglisse Ice track features 15km’s of various track configurations to put winter tires through it’s paces. Stay tuned for a full review (our full review is now up) once we get a chance to test out the new X-Ice Xi3. Until then, here’s the official press release:


Third-Generation, Winter-Grip Technology Offers Maximum Protection and Endurance in All Winter Conditions

Mecaglisse, Quebec (Jan. 24, 2012) – Michelin, the world’s leading tire manufacturer, continues its commitment to safety and performance with the launch of its new Michelin® X-Ice® Xi3 tire. Engineered with innovative Michelin technology, the X-Ice® Xi3 delivers the ultimate performance and protection in all winter conditions.

“We all want to feel safe when driving with our loved ones, no matter the weather or road conditions, and this tire does just that. It gives you peace of mind,” says Normand Latremouille, winter category manager for Michelin North America. “The innovative technology in the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 tire not only offers complete confidence while driving in any winter condition, but also fuel-efficiency and long-lasting performance.”

Michelin X-Ice Xi3 tire uses third-generation, winter-grip technology, which provides better winter performance than its predecessor. On ice, the tire delivers 17 percent stronger grip and stops 7 percent shorter; and, on snow it provides 6 percent better traction and stops 3 percent shorter.

Michelin combines four key technologies in the tread block to make its X-Ice Xi3 a groundbreaking tire. The Cross Z sipe enables stable handling, Block Edge provides more grip on snow and ice and Micro-Pumps absorb water — all improving tread contact and FleX-Ice™, a rubber silica-based compound that offers unsurpassed braking. The unique tear-drop shape of the vertical sipes provides better grip during acceleration and braking, which helps high-speed handling. Its MaxTouch Construction™ features a unique contact-patch shape that evenly distributes the forces of acceleration, braking and cornering and maximizes wear life.

In addition, Michelin’s perennial performance ensures the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 tire will maintain quality performance and appearance through the life of the tire. The tire comes with a 60,000 kilometer limited tread wear warranty. With its Green X® marking, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 tire guarantees a level of energy efficiency among the highest in the market. It helps reduce CO2 emissions while maintaining all the advantages of long wear, safety and performance.

“When you buy winter tires, you want to feel confident that you are getting a premium product that will last and perform winter after winter,” adds Latremouille. “The Michelin X-Ice Xi3’s revolutionary design and technology serves up safety and longevity. Quite simply, it is the best winter tire in the market. And that is why we back it up with our Michelin Promise Plan.”

The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 tire will be available in Fall 2012 in 33 dimensions — ranging from 14 to 18 inch rim diameters — and will cover more than 90 percent of the Canadian and American winter market for cars and mini-vans (with complementary dimensions still available in X-Ice Xi2 tires).

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