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TOW ASSIST

WARNING

Only use towing equipment that is approved by the vehicle manufacturer. Non-approved towing equipment may adversely affect the accuracy and performance of other vehicle features. The potential result can lead to vehicle damage and personal injury.

Use the tow assist feature when reversing the vehicle while towing a trailer. The touchscreen displays coloured trajectory lines to indicate the predicted direction path of the trailer. Dependent on the vehicle's specification, the camera images can also be displayed on the touchscreen.

The tow assist feature uses the vehicle’s rear camera and a target sticker to constantly monitor the position of a connected trailer. The target sticker must be affixed to the trailer in the same orientation as illustrated. If required, consult a retailer/authorised repairer to acquire a target sticker.

To display the correct sticker location for the trailer, enable the tow assist feature. Follow the on-screen instructions for the new trailer configuration menus on the touchscreen.

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The tracking target sticker must be affixed at a distance of between 1 m and 2 m from the rear of the vehicle. The tracking target sticker must be affixed to a flat vertical surface that is parallel to the rear of the vehicle. The tow assist feature does not operate if these conditions are not met.

Different light conditions between the vehicle’s rear camera and the trailer’s target sticker can affect the operation of the tow assist feature. In this event, the touchscreen extinguishes the displayed trajectory lines and operation of the tow assist feature is suspended. Normal tow assist operation resumes when the light levels are no longer different.

Some examples of differing light conditions are as follows:

  • Lower light levels on the target sticker, e.g., a shadow.

  • Higher light levels on the target sticker, e.g., direct sunlight.

  • Higher light levels on the rear camera, e.g., direct sunlight.

To enable the tow assist feature, touch the tow assist icon on the CAMERAS menu screen. See REAR CAMERA .

Alternatively, the tow assist feature can also be enabled via a pop-up menu, if the vehicle detects an electrical connection at the tow bar socket.

The correct process for making an electrical connection is as follows:

  • Switch the ignition system off.

  • Connect the electrical equipment to the tow bar socket.

  • Switch the ignition system on to enable the vehicle to detect the connection.

    NOTES

    If the ignition system is switched on during the connection, opening and closing the driver's door enables the vehicle to detect the connection.

  • The touchscreen displays a pop-up menu.

  • Touch the relevant soft key to enable the tow assist feature, if connecting a trailer with a target sticker and an existing profile.

    NOTES

    Touch the alternative soft key to cancel the tow assist feature, if connecting accessory equipment or a trailer without a target sticker.

With the tow assist feature enabled, the touchscreen guides the driver through a set of menus. If applicable, select the trailer’s existing profile. Alternatively, create a profile for a new trailer. In this event, the touchscreen guides the driver through a series of configuration options, including the correct position to affix a target sticker.

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A trailer must be connected to allow a trailer profile to be created, selected, edited, or deleted.

Calibrate the connected trailer by driving the vehicle with the steering wheel in the straight ahead position. The touchscreen displays the status. Select OK, when complete.

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Do not use the tow assist feature until the trailer calibration is complete.

In the event of persistent problems with the configuration or calibration of a trailer, consult a retailer/authorised repairer.

When a trailer configuration is created, or selected, the touchscreen automatically displays the trailer's reverse view when Reverse (R) is selected. The touchscreen display is configurable. Select the rear camera option for a full rear view. Alternatively, select the side camera option for a view from both sides.

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The camera view options are dependent on the specification of the vehicle.