Michelin's new Defender aims to replace two of Michelin's most successful tires: the Harmony and HydroEdge with Green X. The Harmony, as its name describes, has long been one of the most comfortable and quietest tires offered. And the HydroEdge with Green X is one of the most successful tires in the Michelin line-up for its wet traction and long treadwear.
Michelin sought to combine the success of each of these tires into one complete package. Defender tires offer the smooth, quiet ride and proven winter traction of the Harmony with the 90,000-mile treadlife warranty and superior wet traction of the HydroEdge with Green X. This tire also meets Michelin's Green X objectives, which provides less rolling resistance and saves you money on fuel cost.
When compared to the Harmony, the Defender offers 22% better rolling resistance and 16% shorter wet braking. And compared to the HydroEdge with Green X, the tire provides 10% lower noise along with 15% better snow performance. Defender tires feature IntelliSipe Technology that increases the number of sipes in the tire's tread design to provide additional biting edges that enhance all-season traction in rain and snow.
IntelliSipe Technology enhances performance in three ways:
- Helps stabilize the tread block during acceleration, braking and cornering.
- Increases the number of sipes on the tread, which results in greater grip for confident braking.
- Interlocking action that creates a more rigid tread block and reduces tread depth without sacrificing longevity or fuel efficiency.
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