Highly regarded tyre that offers year-round mobility is now available for light commercial vehicles
Michelin’s new Agilis CrossClimate is in the main a summer tyre with a full winter capability, boasting safety in all weather conditions, and offering high mileage, robustness, damage resistance and long-lasting performance, equating to low total cost of ownership.
Rigorous tests show mobility isn’t at all compromised in wintry conditions – the fitment is 3PMSF (Three Peak Mountain Snowflake) winter certified for use on snowy roads – and the tyre also performs well on muddy and grassy surfaces, ideal for the range of surfaces LCVs travel on.
The Agilis CrossClimate’s all-year mobility has been achieved by a rugged tread pattern, manufactured with innovative new rubber compounds to promote flexibility in cold temperatures, and sidewall and shoulder protection features for improved robustness in service. Vans and light trucks are among the fastest growing sectors in new vehicle sales, thanks to the boom in online shopping, home deliveries and heavy vehicle restrictions in towns – and there’s a growing expectation from customers for them to be operational all-year-round, regardless of the weather.
Jonathan Layton, Michelin’s Head of Fleet in the UK &Ireland, explained: “The Agilis CrossClimate solves the problem of wintry conditions bringing a van or light truck fleet to its knees in the UK and Ireland. It also eradicates the expense of buying different sets of winter and summer tyres – which, given the relatively mild climate across great swathes of the country in winter, can be an unwanted outlay for fleet managers. This is a highly capable tyre that can handle the demands of safe driving on wintry surfaces, mud and grass, but still behaves, brakes and boasts the long lasting performance of Michelin’s summer tyre range on dry and wet roads.”
Inspired by the award-winning CrossClimate+ car tyre range, the fitment’s V-shaped tread blocks’ bi-directional self-locking sipes provide cutting edges which bite into snow. Not only does this combination of new tread rubber and the V-shaped pattern deliver grip in all conditions, it also increases tyre life – lasting 35 percent longer than the average lifespan of premium competitors tested.
The Agilis CrossClimate has been developed and rigorously tested in challenging winter conditions by the Michelin winter tyre testing team in two European locations 4,000 kilometres apart – Ivalo, high up in the Arctic Circle in Finland, and Barcelonnette, which at 2,715 metres altitude in the Alps is one of the highest roads in Europe. The Michelin Agilis CrossClimate is far from another all-season tyre – it boasts all the advantages of a summer tyre in wet braking, dry braking, longevity and fuel efficiency, plus the advantages of a winter tyre in traction and braking for customers driving in cold or occasionally snowy conditions.