Who says you need to own a pickup truck or a mundane SUV to tow heavy vans or traliers, when you can use a prestige car instead?

Because BMW has just introduced a factory-designed and installed towing system that’s available for nine models across the BMW X5 and X7 lines.

BMW Australia dealers can supply and fit an approved Tongue Kit that includes a tongue, ball, appropriate bracket and ‘D’ shackles, stickers and a specific BMW bag.

The Wiring Harness includes a 12 pin ‘flat’ plug and a wiring loom from the vehicle to the adapter.
Australian local fitment, including the tongue kit and wiring harness, is recommended at $700 including GST.

Rated at between 2,700kg to 3,500kg braked depending on the model, the solution comes with an integrated hitch receiver, bespoke control unit and specific vehicle wiring harness.



The towing hitch requires no removal of parts.The specific control unit is multi-functional and assists driver safety. BMW’s Surround View offers an additional zoom function for the rear camera, while a trailer stabilisation system is also included.

“Availability of this new BMW towing hitch is a significant development in further broadening the capability of our X models,” BMW Group Australia CEO Vikram Pawah said.

“Our Sports Activity Vehicles were born for active lifestyles. From towing a caravan, a boat or a jet ski, to a horse float or camper trailer, this towing solution allows owners to enjoy more of Australia.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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