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X5 F15 (2014 - Current)
The all new F15 BMW X5 started production August 2013 as a 2014 model year. The new X5 arrives in sDrive35i (RWD), xDrive35i, xDrive50i and a diesel xDrive 35d.

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Old 10-28-2013, 11:42 AM
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2014 X5 Tow Hitch

Any info. on Tow Hitch for 2014 (US) model? Price & Pics?
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:48 PM
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Any info. on Tow Hitch for 2014 (US) model? Price & Pics?
The invisihitch for the new X5 (F15) should be certified and released for sale in about 3 weeks. I will try to get some photos to post before then.

Towing capacity will be 7,700 lbs. Wiring harness will be the official F15 OEM harness. Appearance will, of course, be completely undetectable when the ball mount is not attached.

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Old 10-29-2013, 06:49 AM
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The invisihitch for the new X5 (F15) should be certified and released for sale in about 3 weeks. I will try to get some photos to post before then.

Towing capacity will be 7,700 lbs. Wiring harness will be the official F15 OEM harness. Pricing will be the same as for the E70. Appearance will, of course, be completely undetectable when the ball mount is not attached.

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What was the prices for the E70? was this a dealer installed option or third party?
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:57 AM
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I believe the parts where about $450.00. I installed it myself on 2011 E70. See the follwoing link:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...ht=x5ian+hitch
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:21 AM
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Check out execuhitch.com
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:05 AM
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Check out execuhitch.com
Yes, you can check out the invisihitch at the old execuhitch website. The new invisihitch is a substantial upgrade over the old execuhitch product, but the general aesthetics (completely undetectable hitch beam, removable receiver portion, etc) are the same. Hopefully, the new invisihitch site will launch soon.

The invisihitch for the new F15 X5 should be shipping before Thanksgiving, and I know that pricing will be no more than (and potentially less than) the similar hitch for the older E70 X5. Pricing, dealer and non-dealer installation options, and coding options will be announced before the hitch kit ships. Again, that should be before Thanksgiving.

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Old 10-29-2013, 09:27 AM
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Thank you all for your replies... I am planning to lease and I don't think BMW will allow me to cut through the bumper.

Couple months ago, I saw an E70 with a bike rack that goes directly on the two back hooks.. not sure what they call them but they are the two hooks behind the two square covers on the bumper. Does anyone know if there is an adapter that will fit there and give me a 2" hitch? I am not planning to tow anything. My main interest is to install my Kuat bike rack to carry the family bicycles
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:55 AM
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We don't cut through bumpers of beautiful BMWs!

For what you want to do, you will need a hitch. BMW offers their own bike rack that screws into the tow eyes. But I know of nothing that screws into those same tow eyes that presents a classic 2-inch receiver opening. It would likely be a huge liability for any manufacturer to produce something like that, since it is foreseeable that some ***** would try to tow with it.

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Old 10-29-2013, 11:46 AM
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As long as it is OEM Hitch, BMW will love you for adding a htich (at customers full expense) and returning the vehicle at the end of the lease with extra features for them to sell!!!!!!!!

I just turned in my 2011 with the Hitch (OEM) which I installed. But check with your local dealer....
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:48 PM
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ok, great! thanks
I will ask my SA when I see him this evening...
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:35 PM
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My guy at BMW said the hitch will cost $600.
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:59 PM
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BMWNA has now released pricing for their upcoming dealer hitch for the new 2014 X5 (F15). The new F15 dealer hitch has several features in common with the invisihitch now, such as having a detachable receiver portion that does not permanently stick out the back of the vehicle. Pricing, however, is in a different stratosphere from the invisihitch.

The components of BMW's F15 dealer hitch are priced a la carte as follows:
$525 - hitch beam (without the detachable receiver)
$275 - class II (3,500 lb) 2" square detachable receiver
$350 - class III (5,000 lb) one-piece detachable ballmount
$450 - trailer lights wiring harness
$150 - controller (required for the wiring harness to work)

Here is how typical packages would price out:

Rack-only applications (no towing) - $800 plus 2 hrs installation
$525 hitch beam
$275 class II 2" square detachable receiver
Two hours of installation labor suggested

Towing-only applications (no racks) - $1475 plus 3 hrs installation
$525 hitch beam
$350 class III one-piece detachable ballmount
$600 wiring harness with controller
Three hours of installation labor suggested

Both towing and rack capable - $1750 plus 3 hrs installation
$525 hitch beam
$275 class II 2" square detachable receiver
$350 class III one-piece detachable ballmount
$600 wiring harness with controller
Three hours of installation labor suggested


In comparison, pricing for the F15 invisihitch will be announced when the hitch is released (estimated to be just before Thanksgiving), but we have previously committed that the F15 invisihitch will be priced at the same or lower price as the previous generation invisihitch for the E70 X5. So the maximum price of the high-end invisihitch package (for both towing and attaching racks) would be $998. Actual pricing may be lower when announced. And the towing capacity of the invisihitch supports the full 7,700 lb tow rating of the new X5.

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Old 12-19-2013, 10:32 AM
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F15 X5 Towing capacity

Does anyone know what the rated towing capacity of the new model is? I'm looking at a new travel trailer for next summer.
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Old 12-19-2013, 11:31 AM
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The tow rating of the F15 itself is 7,700 lbs.

However, if you choose to install the BMWNA dealer hitch, you will be limited by the hitch because it has a lower tow rating than the vehicle. The tow rating of the dealer hitch is:
(i) 3,500 lbs if you use the 2-inch square receiver with a traditional ballmount, or
(ii) 6,000 lbs if you additionally purchase the dealer's class III one-piece ballmount.

If you choose to install the invisihitch instead, you will get the full 7,700 lb tow rating of the vehicle because the tow rating of the invisihitch exceeds 7,700 lbs.
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:21 PM
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Just installed Invisihitch on my 2014 X5 (F15). Steve and Daryl are great guys to work with and don't spare any effort to insure that the product is perfect. I don't think their website has updated to indicate that they do, indeed, have units that fit the 2014, but they do.
My suggestion is to order components from them and have your local dealer or body shop do the install. It really is a great product and superior to what your dealer may (eventually) be able to install. You'll wind up paying less than the dealer supplied hitch too, and you'll have a better looking vehicle.
I'm a very thoroughly satisfied Invisihitch customer!
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:27 AM
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Thanks rinorman! We have indeed been delayed in our official announcement of the F15 invisihitch. Due to the dearth of these vehicles on our dealers' lots, it has been quite a chore to verify our new F15 hitch fitment on all the various trim lines and option packages. However, I can say with confidence now that you will see an announcement from us before the end of this month. And I think the community is going to really like what we have put together for this vehicle -- both in terms of the product and the aggressive pricing. More very soon...

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Old 12-22-2013, 10:00 AM
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Thanks rinorman! We have indeed been delayed in our official announcement of the F15 invisihitch. Due to the dearth of these vehicles on our dealers' lots, it has been quite a chore to verify our new F15 hitch fitment on all the various trim lines and option packages. However, I can say with confidence now that you will see an announcement from us before the end of this month. And I think the community is going to really like what we have put together for this vehicle -- both in terms of the product and the aggressive pricing. More very soon...

Cheers,
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Will the Invisihitch install OK on the F15 M Sport?
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:15 AM
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Will the Invisihitch install OK on the F15 M Sport?
Yes. We have an M Sport version for the F15. It will be included in the forthcoming announcement. Firming up packages & pricing now.

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Old 01-03-2014, 05:20 PM
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Folks, I am very pleased to announce that we have now completed our invisihitch fitments and electrical testing on all versions of the new 2014 X5. Our new invisihitch for the F15 is now available for every configuration of the vehicle. So whether you are purchasing the 35i, the 50i, or the forthcoming 35d, our newest invisihitch will bolt directly onto it perfectly -- including all M Sport line models and even models with the add-on aero kit.

I am attaching pictures taken after this new hitch was installed on a 2014 X5. Of course, you absolutely cannot tell that a hitch is installed on the vehicle until you snap in the removable ballmount or the removable rack connector. Even the chain-hook eyes and the electrical receptacle are completely hidden. For comparison, I am also attaching photos of the new BMW dealer hitch for the F15. Although they have tried to conceal their hitch, the chain-hook eyes and the electrical receptacle stick out the back permanently, as do the metal prongs that form the entrance to their ballmount connection.

The towing capacity of the new X5 is 7,700 lbs (as rated by BMW Germany) when equipped with the invisihitch. Should you decide to use the dealer hitch instead, the towing capacity of your new X5 is reduced to 6,000 lbs... or even further reduced to 3,500 lbs... depending on which of the two dealer tow options you select.

You can purchase the invisihitch without a trailer-lights wiring harness and without a ballmount if you only want to use a hitch-mounted rack, such as a bike rack.

If towing, we offer two different packages that differ only in the type of wiring harness included. First, there is the inexpensive passive Euro harness, which operates the trailer lights and interfaces passively with the BMW wiring. Then there is the more full-featured active Euro harness that communicates in realtime with the vehicle. The passive harness is more economical and it does not require the vehicle to be reprogrammed. The active harness offers more features, such as trailer-bulb outage notification on the dash, but it is more expensive and it requires reprogramming the vehicle to enable communication with the harness. Our active harness is the exact same harness that U.S. dealers sell with their dealer hitch; we offer it as one of two different harness options with the invisihitch. Our passive harness is also a harness option that is offered by BMW overseas, but the U.S. dealers do not stock this option. If you decide to purchase the dealer hitch, instead of the invisihitch, your only wiring option from the dealer will be the active harness.

Here are the three different invisihitch packages for the new X5 (F15):

Rack-Only Package (no towing) - $544
invisihitch receiver with vertical latching mechanism
detachable 2" square receiver

Both Towing & Rack Capable (w/passive harness) - $863
invisihitch receiver with vertical latching mechanism
detachable 2" square receiver
detachable ballmount for towing up to 7,700 lbs
passive trailer-lights wiring harness
control module for the wiring harness

Both Towing & Rack Capable (w/active harness) - $1,148
invisihitch receiver with vertical latching mechanism
detachable 2" square receiver
detachable ballmount for towing up to 7,700 lbs
active trailer-lights wiring harness
control module for the wiring harness
remote vehicle reprogramming via the internet


Thanks to all for your patience while we engineered and tested these new offerings, and thanks especially for your support of our products and our sponsorship here.

Cheers,
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:25 PM
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Oops, I neglected to attach the dealer-hitch photos for comparison. Here they are...
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Hi Daryl-

Is there any way to obtain installation instructions? I would like to install a hitch myself but want to see what level of effort is required. I should take delivery of my F15 in a few weeks and will likely look to purchase a hitch within a few months.

I'm primarily getting it to use with a bike rack but may tow a light travel trailer on occasion too.
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^ I will post the installation instructions when I get back to the office, which should be early next week.

The basics are:
(1) Remove the decorative bumper cover;
(2) Unbolt and discard the metal bumper beam;
(3) Bolt the invisihitch beam onto the chassis in place of the metal bumper;
(4) Replace the decorative bumper cover.

There are videos and stepwise instructions on various internet sites for doing this on the old X5 (E70), and the process is almost identical for the F15. So take a look at what is involved for installing any hitch on the E70 X5, and you will get a good feel for what is required. Again, I will post up the specific F15 instructions when I get back in town next week.

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Old 01-13-2014, 08:50 AM
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Attached are the invisihitch installation instructions as promised...

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Attached are the invisihitch installation instructions as promised...

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Thanks Daryl. Looks like the only part of this that presents a challenge is getting that rear bumper fascia off without scratching or breaking anything (clips, etc). I'll have to see if this is something I want to tackle after ski season ends this spring...
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Is there any reason I can't put the ball mount I have into the 2" receiver and save the extra $$? Great looking product.
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