Michelin Agilis CrossClimate
The brand new Michelin Agilis CrossClimate extends the company's highly-popular CrossClimate range into the van and light truck market. It promises to be a new generation of high-performance tyres that remain mobile regardless of season or terrain.
Like the rest of the CrossClimate range, the Michelin Agilis CrossClimate is not a typical all-season tyre; instead it is a summer tyre with full winter capabilities. What's more, it provides safety, high mileage, robustness, long-lasting performance and low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
The Agilis CrossClimate is a cost-effective choice for businesses because it removes the need to buy summer and winter tyres. This is an unwelcome expense for many, considering winters can be quite mild in much of the UK. The tyre also offers reduced rolling resistance, which improves fuel efficiency and saves businesses money at the pumps.
First and foremost, Michelin has designed the Agilis CrossClimate to provide safety in every weather condition. It is 3PMSF (Three Peak Mountain Snowflake) marked, meaning it is winter certified for use in snow, and it has also received an A wet grip rating in both summer and winter.
To achieve high levels of safety, the Agilis CrossClimate features a grip maximising compound employing the latest rubber technology. The compound includes a multilayer tread area that minimises heat transfer through the tyre and maintains its flexibility, even at freezing temperatures. This, in turn, allows for constant indentation in the ground and optimal grip.
In addition to this, the Agilis CrossClimate features a unique v-shaped tread design with wide grooves. This ensures maximum snow and water evacuation and reduces the risk of aquaplaning. The tyre's innovative tread design also serves to provide optimal traction on a variety of soft terrains, including mud, grass and gravel.
Furthermore, the rigid sculpture of the tyre, featuring 3D self-locking sipes, creates a clawing effect and aids braking performance, while large tread blocks provide optimal gearing.
According to Michelin, the Agilis CrossClimate provides, on average, 35% more mileage compared to its summer, winter and all-season competitors. They claim this translates to saving an average of 4 tyres every 62,000 miles.
The tyre's longevity is also better thanks to a number of special features that increase its robustness and protect against damage. Firstly, its innovative, abrasion-resistant compound has been developed using state-of-the-art truck tyre technology. Secondly, Michelin has developed unique kerbing shields that provide protection against side wall damage. Finally, the addition of 1.5mm deep trapezoidal blocks around the shoulder and upper sidewall of the tyre increase its damage resistance.
The features used to reinforce the Agilis CrossClimate are derived from Michelin’s military all-terrain truck tyre range and provide extra protection without compromising the flexibility of the casing.
Michelin Agilis CrossClimate Features
- Safe in all weather conditions
- Reinforced for robustness and longevity
- Optimal traction on all terrains, including mud, grass and gravel
- Modern tread wear indicator makes maintenance and replacement easier
Michelin Agilis CrossClimate Development
The Agilis CrossClimate was conceived and designed by Michelin after many years spent listening to feedback from customers in France, Germany, Turkey and the UK. Following thousands of qualitative interviews by GMV, an external research institution, the two factors deemed most important by users were:
- A tyre with good longevity that offers excellent grip, traction and reliability in all seasons, weather conditions and road surfaces.
- Robustness and damage resistance; particularly with regards to sidewall damaged caused by kerbs and other objects in urban environments.
Michelin's winter tyre testing team subjected the Agilis CrossClimate to rigorous testing to ensure that its performance remains high in wintry conditions.
Michelin has tested this tyre in challenging winter conditions in two European locations 4,000 kilometres apart. The first is Ivalo, high up in the Arctic Circle in Finland. The second is Barcelonnette, which at 2,715 metres altitude in the Alps, is one of the highest roads in Europe.
Michelin Agilis CrossClimate Tests and Reviews
The Agilis CrossClimate is Michelin's brand new addition to the range, so there is little in the way of data from independent tyre tests and comparisons yet.
The customer reviews that have already been left label the Agilis CrossClimate as reliable, safe and undeniably high quality. Some reviewers found it a little noisy on dry ground, but its impressive performance in the dry, wet and snow and the reassuring, safe feel it offers drivers often outweighed this negative. Reviews also highlight the versatility of the Agilis CrossClimate, which performs well on the road and on softer terrains. Numerous customers have described it as a great all-season tyre, perfect for those who were hesitant to buy a set of winter tyres because they didn't feel they needed them for their type of driving or climate.
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Michelin Agilis CrossClimate Sizes
The Michelin Agilis CrossClimate is available in a range of sizes for rim diameters from 15” to 16” and speed ratings R, S and T.
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