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WARNING

Make sure that the deployable tow ball is fully deployed before connecting a trailer. Failure to do so can result in a loss of control of the vehicle and trailer, potentially causing serious injury or death.

WARNING

In the interests of safety, it is recommended to fully stow the deployable tow ball when not in use. Failure to do so can potentially result in personal injury or vehicle damage.

WARNING

Do not operate the deployable tow ball if a trailer is connected to the tow ball. Doing so can potentially result in vehicle damage or personal injury.

NOTES

To maintain control of the vehicle, apply the Electric Parking Brake (EPB) during operation of the deployable tow ball.

Before activating the deployable tow ball, make sure that:

  • The vehicle is stationary.

  • The vehicle's transmission is engaged in Park (P) or Neutral (N).

  • Any trailer is unhitched.

  • Any electrical connection to the tow bar socket is disconnected.

Failure to comply with the listed conditions prevents operation of the deployable tow ball.

The deployable tow ball is stowed out of view, underneath the centre of the rear bumper. Make sure that no obstructions are within close proximity before operating.

The deployable tow ball can be stowed and deployed via the Deployable Tow Bar extra feature on the touchscreen. Select the Tow Bar menu option and follow the on-screen instructions. Touch the Deploy or Stow soft keys, as required. See SONDERFUNKTIONEN.

Operating the deployable tow ball many times in succession may suspend further operation for 90 minutes. After 90 minutes, stow and deploy the tow ball to reset the system. If normal operation does not resume after a reset, consult a retailer/authorised repairer.

The deployable tow ball is also stowed and deployed via the buttons located in the luggage compartment. Open the tailgate to enable the buttons.

NOTES

The luggage compartment buttons do not operate if the tailgate is closed.

Operate as follows:

  1. Tow ball button: Press and release to deploy the tow ball. Press and release again to stow the tow ball.

    The LED indicator lamp, by the side of the button, flashes slowly while the tow ball is being deployed or stowed. An audible tone also sounds.

    When fully deployed, the LED indicator lamp stops flashing and remains illuminated.

    When fully stowed, the LED indicator lamp stops flashing and remains illuminated for 2 seconds and then extinguishes.

    In the event of unexpected operation, press the tow ball button to reset the tow ball. During the reset operation, the tow ball fully stows and then fully deploys.

    To stop movement of the tow ball, press the tow ball button. To reset the tow ball, press the tow ball button again.

    If an obstruction occurs during deploying or stowing, the tow ball operation ceases. The LED indicator lamp flashes faster, accompanied by a 2 second warning tone. When the obstruction is cleared, press the tow ball button to reset.

    In the event that the tow ball ceases operation and is neither fully deployed or stowed, the LED indicator lamp flashes. Press the tow ball button to reset.

    If the vehicle is driven with the tow ball partially deployed or partially stowed, a warning tone sounds for 10 seconds. Do not tow with the tow ball in this state.

  2. Trailer bulb check button: Press to start a 3 minute test sequence for both the vehicle and the trailer's lights. The trailer bulb check is also enabled via the Deployable Tow Bar extra feature on the touchscreen. Select the Trailer bulb check menu option. Follow the on-screen instructions. Touch the Start soft key. The touchscreen displays a message to confirm selection.

    For the test to operate, switch off all of the vehicle's lights. Apply the Electric Parking Brake (EPB). Switch off the ignition. Switching the ignition off also switches the touchscreen off. Press the sound system's power button to switch the touchscreen on again.

    The vehicle's lights and all of the trailer's lights operate at the same time, enabling a visual check for correct operation.

    Touch the Stop soft key to end the test sequence. The touchscreen displays a message to confirm deselection. Alternatively, switch on the ignition or the vehicle's lights.

NOTES

The trailer bulb check only allows an observer to check that the lights are illuminating. The vehicle does not perform any measurements during this test. Hence, no information for faulty trailer lights is displayed.