Michelin has unveiled two new tyres in what the Company terms its ‘fuel-saving X Line Energy range’, counting Mercedes-Benz as a launch customer after the manufacturer approved the fitments for its Actros truck.
Michelin’s new 385/55 R 22.5 X Line Energy F steer and 315/70 R 22.5 X Line Energy D2 drive tyres will be available for customers to specify as original equipment for Actros trucks shipped from January 2016.
When operated in conjunction with a trailer featuring Michelin’s current X Line Energy T tyres, this will mark the first complete set of truck tyres on the market to obtain an A-rating for fuel efficiency in line with EU tyre labelling standards.
The X Line Energy F steer tyre in its new 385/55 R 22.5 size benefits from an innovative circumferential ‘raindrop sipe’ tread pattern, which evolves in the last one-third of its life to help generate grip levels close to that offered when the tyre was newly fitted. This new tyre also incorporates Michelin’s anti-splash technology, pioneered by Michelin for aircraft tyres, which is designed to reduce the projection of high water from the sides of the front axle tyres in wet weather.
The latest generation X Line Energy D2 drive tyres also feature Michelin’s ‘Tower Pump’ sipes, which improve braking and transverse grip on wet surfaces by temporarily storing the water in the contact patch.