Since its introduction, the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 has impressed us with outstanding snow and ice traction, along with respectable road manners and handling for a dedicated winter / snow tire. Designed to tackle the coldest winter driving conditions around the world, I liked this tire so much that the Infiniti tires for my 2009 G37x Coupe are X-Ice Xi2s.
In a previous blog "My Story on Winter Tires", I explained how the tires felt when they were new and how much better they performed in the snow than the all-season tires that came equipped on my car. "Michelin X-Ice Xi2: Second Season Review" is a post I created to explain how these tires faired after a season and a half of use in a variety of winter conditions.
Even with the great feedback on this tire, Michelin is introducing an updated version of the Xi2 with the X-Ice Xi3.
Michelin X-Ice Xi2
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
At first glance, the new X-Ice Xi3 looks very similar to its predecessor, which isn't a bad thing given that the X-Ice Xi2 is currently ranked number one in our survey results for Studless Ice & Snow tires. One can also see the slightly updated tread pattern features smaller tread blocks in the two center ribs to offer more biting edges on snow- and ice-covered roads. There are also more lateral grooves in the shoulders of the tire to further help with snow and slush traction, as well as aid in water evacuation. Given these changes and Michelin's reputation for improving newer generations of their tires, the X-Ice Xi3 should be even better than the class-leading X-Ice Xi2!
For the 2012-13 winter season, the new Michelin X-Ice Xi3 will be replacing many of Xi2 sizes. Shop by vehicle to see if either of these great winter / snow tires is an option for your vehicle.