Continental Tire is introducing a new light truck all-season tire model designed to improve fuel economy, extend tread life, and beef up traction on rainy/snowy road conditions.

The new CrossContact LX20 that incorporates Continental’s EcoPlus technology can save the average driver up to 2,500 mi. worth of fuel over the life of the tire, the company said. In addition, the Smooth Response technology incorporated into the CrossContact’s design gives light truck-drivers a smoother and more comfortable ride, with crisper handling and drastically reduced road noise, Continental added.

“We’re fully committed to building advanced tires and improving the environment – reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, reducing our waste and researching new and innovative ways to advance tire technology,” said Bill Caldwell, vp-sales and marketing for Continental Tire. “The fact that our customers ultimately keep more money in their wallets is frosting on the cake.”

He added that Continental’s fuel saving EcoPlus technology consists of two main components: Tg-F polymers and +Silane. The Tg-F polymers are temperature-activated functional polymers that increase compound bonding, improving the wear and fuel efficiency of the tire, while +Silan, is an additive that works to enhance the tire’s grip on slippery roads and reduce stopping distances.

These technologies work together to enhance the driving experience for a long tire life when conditions are normal, and to provide excellent wet braking on slippery roads,” said Caldwell.

The tire comes in a wide range of sizes from 16 to 20 in. wheel diameters with a UTQG rating of 740 AB for S and T speed, and 680 AA for H speed. It’s backed with a 70,000 mi. or 72-month limited warranty and 12-month free replacement, the company added.