The Latitude Tour HP has been Michelin's premium Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire for many years. This tire made some improvements in road noise and treadwear over the old MIchelin Diamaris tire that it replaced, but still fell short in snow traction versus other competitors such as the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. As a result, the Michelin Latitude Tour HP was appropriate to use in warm weather areas, but left some drivers lacking in the snowbelt for winter driving.
Michelin Latitude Tour HP
Michelin Premier LTX
As mentioned in "Michelin Premier LTX Joins the Family of Premier Tires", the new Premier LTX features Michelin's Evergrip technology. Evergrip first became available in Michelin's Grand Touring All-Season tire, the Premier A/S. When it comes to Evergrip technology, there are three main components:
- Sunflower oil additive in the rubber compound maintains wet traction even in lower temperatures
- Extreme silica acts to further improve wet traction throughout the life of the tire
- Emerging grooves widen as the tire wears, reducing hydroplaning
In addition to these benefits, the tire features a more heavily siped tread pattern for increased confidence when driving on snow and ice. A set of dedicated winter / snow tires are best for snow, but for those drivers that only use one set of tires all year, the new MIchelin Premier LTX is an excellent choice.