New Michelin Defender LTX Tires Designed for Tow Vehicles

Michelin debuts super-tough Defender LTX tires, designed with towing in mind.

Michelin’s new Defender LTX uses a durable EverTread compound that holds up better tougher conditions such as towing boats, the company says. The new light-truck tires also deliver improved gravel wear and fuel efficiency.

Michelin claims that the new Defender LTX will last 10 percent longer in heavy-duty use such as towing than it predecessor.

“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,” says Scott Clark, chief operating officer of Michelin North America’s passenger and light-truck tire division. Most of today’s light trucks produce twice as much torque as they did 20 years ago and tow heavier boats than ever before, creating the need for more durable tires.

The Defender LTX tires are offered with a 50,000‒70,000-mile warranty. They are available in 71 sizes ranging from 15- to 22-inch rim diameters, with 45 fitments available in 2015 and 26 fitments arriving in 2016. Starting at $130,