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DEPLOYABLE TOW BALL

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.

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 transmission is engaged in Park (P), or Neutral (N).

  • Any trailer is unhitched.

  • Any electrical connection to the tow bar's electrical 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.

If the deployable tow ball is operated many times in succession, operation may be suspended for 90 minutes. In this event, normal tow ball operation resumes after 90 minutes.

The deployable tow ball is stowed and deployed via the touchscreen. Select the Deployable Tow Bar extra feature and follow the on-screen instructions. See EXTRA FEATURES.

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

NOTES

The loadspace buttons do not operate if the tailgate is closed.

Operation is as follows:

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

    The LED indicator lamp, by the side of the button, flashes slowly while the tow ball deploys or stows. An audible tone also sounds.

    Once deployed, the LED indicator lamp stops flashing and illuminates constantly.

    Once stowed, the LED indicator lamp stops flashing, illuminates for 2 seconds and extinguishes.

    To stop operation of the deployable tow ball at any time, press the deployable tow ball button. Press the button again to reset the tow ball. During the reset process, the tow ball fully stows and then fully deploys.

    If an obstruction occurs during operation of the deployable tow ball, the tow ball movement stops. The LED indicator lamp flashes faster, accompanied by a 2 second warning tone. When the obstruction is cleared, press the deployable tow ball button to reset the tow ball.

    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 condition. Press the tow ball button again to reset the tow ball.

    If the deployable tow ball fails to stow in extreme low temperatures, press and hold the deployable tow ball button for 10 seconds. The stowing operation then resumes.

    In the event of unexpected operation, press the deployable tow ball button to reset the tow ball.

  2. Trailer bulb check button: Press to start a 3 minute test sequence for a visual check of both the vehicle and the trailer's lights. The trailer bulb check can also be enabled via the touchscreen. Select the Deployable Tow Bar extra feature. Touch the Trailer bulb check soft key from the TOW BAR menu screen and follow the on-screen instructions.

    For correct operation of the visual bulb check, switch off the vehicle's lights, apply the Electric Parking Brake (EPB), and switch the ignition off. Switching the ignition off also switches the touchscreen off. Press the sound system's power button to switch the touchscreen on again. See MEDIA CONTROLS.

    The vehicle and trailer lights operate at the same time so that a visual check can be made of all the lights.

    Press the trailer bulb check button again to stop the test sequence at any time. Alternatively, manually switch on the vehicle's lights, or switch the ignition on.

    NOTES

    The test feature only allows an observer to visually check that the lights are illuminating. The vehicle does not display any warnings for faulty trailer lights.