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Michelin CrossClimate Tyres

CROSSCLIMATE+ 2017: Michelin first introduced the CrossClimate tyre range in 2015. The 2017 update sees new safety benefits and improved sizes to complement 4x4s and SUVs.

Recent years have welcomed a sustained growth in the 4x4 and SUV segment. Along with that comes an ever-increasing demand for all-season tyres.

The French tyre manufacturer responded by updating its award-winning Michelin CrossClimate range.

The reward for 4WD and SUV enthusiasts is even more safety benefits and better sizes. So, what does the new Michelin CrossClimate+ offer off road driving addicts?

The first notifiable mark is the delivery of improved through-life performance in snow. Even so, you would have to compare that to its predecessor to be factual.

Tyre Sizes to Suit 4x4s and SUVs

There is a second big plus for Michelin. The CrossClimate is now available in sizes to match a wider range of SUVs and 4x4 models.

All-season tyres combine the basic characteristics of a summer tyre and a winter tyre. In turn, this generally offers drivers better control and performance through the year. You might say 'compromise' is the solution.

Michelin CrossClimate Tyres: Improved Safety and Sizes for 4x4s and SUVsThat said, the Michelin CrossClimate has the distinction of being a world's first. As an all-weather tyre, it was the first summer tyre to achieve 3PMSF winter accreditation.

In other words, that means it is a summer tyre with the capabilities for driving in bad weather conditions (e.g. snow and ice).

They used to say 'the proof of the pudding is in the eating'.

Well, the CrossClimate has stormed the motoring world since its launch. It has also gathered a host of awards in doing so.

A batch of fleet contracts boosted commercial successes and its coveted reputation.

The contracts include a 13,000-strong van fleet for British Gas. Note to mention Addison Lee, the largest passenger car fleet in the United Kingdom.

Bevel-edged Tread Blocks + High Performance Siping

There is a new SUV version of the Michelin CrossClimate. It combines a unique V-shaped tread pattern with new 3D self-locking sipes. That now matches its counterpart of the standard car versions.

It also gets innovative bevel-edged tread blocks and higher performing sipes. These are features which help to optimise braking and tyre traction in snow.

When it comes to 4x4 off road gear and accessories there is no shortage of competition in the industry. But, there are several reasons why this tyre is gaining good traction in the United Kingdom:

There are extra benefits for motorist planning on driving abroad. The updated Michelin CrossClimate obtained the Three Peak Mountain Snow Flake (3PMSF) approval.

That means the tyre is legal in a range of cold weather countries. They are the ones that experience prolonged periods of extreme weather. Thus, winter tyres are mandatory use at certain defined times of the year.

Pro Tip: Another section explains how to check the age of tyres using the Department of Transportation (DOT) code numbers stamped on the sidewall.

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