Michelin said Monday it is extending the well-known Defender promise of outstanding durable tread life to light trucks, SUVs and crossovers with the launch of the Michelin Defender LTX M/S with EverTread compound.
EverTread uses a stronger, advanced tread compound that holds up in tougher conditions longer and helps deliver improved gravel wear, all-season confidence and excellent fuel efficiency.
An evolution of the long-time consumer favorite, the Michelin LTX M/S2, the Defender LTX M/S with EverTread combines durable tread life and all-weather traction in a single tire that is designed to better meet the higher-torque demands of modern vehicles. Most light-duty and heavy-duty trucks produce twice as much torque as they did 20 years ago and some models produce nearly three times more torque. With the EverTread compound, the Defender LTX M/S tire lasts 10 percent longer in severe conditions than its predecessor.
“The Michelin Defender LTX M/S was created to better address the size and power needs of today’s trucks and SUVs, giving drivers what they want — a combination of durability and longevity year-round — without sacrificing safety and performance,” said Scott Clark, chief operating officer of Michelin North America’s passenger and light-truck tire division. “As vehicles evolve, we must develop tires that match their powertrain performance, resulting in a tire that is stronger and lasts longer, even in tough conditions.”
Defender LTX M/S tires are offered with a 50,000‒70,000-mile warranty and are available to consumers across North America through more than 10,000 authorized dealer locations, in 71 sizes ranging from 15-inch to 22-inch rim diameters, with 45 fitments available in 2015 and 26 fitments arriving in 2016.