Cooper Tire has launched its first steer tire in its PRO Series commercial product line. The tire joins the Cooper PRO Series long haul drive (LHD) tire introduced last year. The new steer tire will initially be available in size 295/75R22.5 with other sizes becoming available in June.
The Cooper PRO Series LHS tire was designed from the ground up to offer low cost of ownership through long miles to removal, fuel efficiency, and design elements to help ensure uniform wear and retreadability. The new tire features Cooper’s ECO (Energy Conservation Optimization) technology that combines tire design, compounding and construction to provide an ultra-low rolling resistance tire that both exceeds SmartWay standard requirements by 15 percent and meets the EPA’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions requirements set for 2021.
“This steer tire is the new flagship product for Cooper commercial tires,” said Gary Schroeder, Executive Director of Cooper’s Global Truck and Bus Tire Business. “We know the importance of this tire position, and it’s why we designed the tire to perform at a very high level – meeting the demanding needs of long haul fleets. We purposefully created this tire to give fleets what they are asking for – a low cost of ownership solution to reduce tire program costs and improve a fleet’s bottom line. We’re offering the tire at a price point that makes it a ‘best buy.’ Excellent performance, matched with very competitive pricing, is what fleets are looking for in tires, and we’re delivering with the Cooper PRO Series.”
The Cooper PRO Series LHS provides 18/32nds of tread depth and features a wider footprint than most steer tires on the market – a full inch in many cases. “This provides better traction while promoting longer, more even wear,” said Schroeder. “And, it doesn’t sacrifice fuel economy in the process. When paired with our PRO Series LHD drive tire, that is also SmartWay verified, fleets can maximize fuel economy.”
Helping improve tire maintenance is Cooper’s Wear Square on the tire’s shoulder ribs. This is a visual indicator, which shows the tread depth through five different evolving image icons. A “square” shows full tread depth, while an “L” shape shows half the tread is left. An icon also shows when the tire should be pulled for retreading. Since the Wear Square is placed on both sides of the tire, it’s also an alignment indicator. If the icons don’t match, the tire technician knows there is an alignment problem or uneven tire issue and can take corrective measures.