BMW Australia has responded to customer demand and increased the towing capacity of certain X5 and X7 variants, with a new optional upgrade now available for local customers.
The X5 30d, 40i, M50d and M50i as well as the entire X7 range (30d, M50d and M50i) now possess a maximum braked towing capacity of 3500kg when fitted with BMW’s factory-fitted towing system, while other X5 models (25d, 45e) remain at a maximum of 2700kg.
A $2500 option, the tow kit must be ordered with the vehicle and cannot be retrofitted, as extra body reinforcement is installed during the car’s build process on the factory line. Maximum downball load is 280kg.
In addition, local dealers will supply an approved tongue kit, including the tongue, ball, appropriate bracket and ‘D’ shackles and stickers, along with an adapter wiring harness with a 12-pin flat plug for $700 bringing the tow pack total cost to $3200.
The factory-designed tow system includes a bespoke control unit with trailer stabilization and a new zoom function for the rear-view camera.
It’s important to note that the increased towing capacity may have an effect on payload capacities. For example, while towing 3500kg with 280kg on the downball the X5 30d’s remaining payload is restricted to 470kg, while the X7’s is 570kg.
In a statement, BMW Australia CEO Vikram Pawah said: “Availability of this new BMW towing hitch is a significant development in further broadening the capability of our X models. 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.”
The BMW towing pack is available to order now with first deliveries expected in Q3 2019.