With the 2020 Ford Explorer, Michelin has introduced a new run-flat tire that will seal itself to prevent dangerous punctures and time spent on the side of the road, which can also be highly dangerous. This should give owners of the upcoming SUV peace of mind, in a segment where utility and safety are paramount.
The new Michelin Selfseal tires are lined with a sealant that is designed to fill most common tread punctures. Nails and screws will have less success at stranding motorists, as these new tires from Michelin dramatically slow the rate at which air leaks in the event of a puncture. The integrated sealant is made of natural rubber, and not the goop typically found in those annoying tire inflating kits.
According to Ford, the new Michelin Selfseal tires seal 90 percent of tread punctures up to a quarter-inch in diameter, which will help keep drivers on time for their daily commute, vacationing families on track, and cars where they should be – on the road. Ford says that potentially dangerous side-of-the-road repairs, lost time, and loss of vehicle control are all preventible with the new Selfseal tires.
“The all-new Explorer is designed to help our customers feel unstoppable and worry-free,” said Craig Patterson, Explorer marketing manager. “The availability of these new Michelin Selfseal tires is another great example of that.”
The Michelin Selfseal tires will come standard on the 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum and Explorer Limited Hybrid four-wheel-drive models, and will be optional on Explorer Limited two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models. The Michelin Selfseal tire size is 255/55R-20, and all 2020 Ford Explorer models are equipped with a spare, even if they don’t opt for the new Michelin run-flats.
Just as Ford offers a broad line up of vehicles, from the three row 2020 Ford Explorer to the record-breaking Ford GT supercar, Michelin is also known for making high quality tires for just about every segment, whether it’s for speeds in excess of 180 miles per hour, or to avoid that 8 mile per hour limp home. As an aside, France’s Michelin is also known for its world-class restaurant rating system.