The new Renault Scenic is to be fitted with Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance and Vector 4 Seasons tires in a tall and narrow size, 195/55 R20 95H XL.
A narrow section width means that the Scenic’s contact patch becomes long and narrow, rather than broad, which provides several advantages including better aerodynamics, lower noise and improved aquaplaning resistance. The tall tires also provide lower rolling resistance and improved comfort.
Goodyear will also offer a winter tire pattern, the UltraGrip Performance Gen-1 in size 195/55R20 95H XL, for the replacement market from September.
Roland Close, director of tire technology OE consumer EMEA for Goodyear, said, “To convince Renault of our ability to create such cutting-edge tires, we provided insights from our fundamental research group. By doing this we were able to provide test tires at the early stages of our discussion with Renault, which aided them in their development process.
“Renault engineers and designers were convinced after initial tests that the tall and narrow tires would assist them in achieving their tough targets in ultra-low rolling resistance performance while maintaining performance in other test criteria.”