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That's a bummer. Is there an additional charge from the dealer to install it?
If it is purchased with the “original” order, the price was the same whether Dealer installed or FDC installed.


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Since this is a thread with a mix of models, could the non tow hitch installation occur since a model such as an XC90 is more complex (needing bumper alterations?) than an XC40? The tow hitch is listed on the OSD accessory lists.
 

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Since this is a thread with a mix of models, could the non tow hitch installation occur since a model such as an XC90 is more complex (needing bumper alterations?) than an XC40? The tow hitch is listed on the OSD accessory lists.
Maybe, but it has to do with the US specifications for strength, etc. Also I was told this policy came out only a couple weeks ago so none of the brochures would have been changed.

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FWIW, when we picked up our XC90, it had the hitch installed at the FDC. Somewhere, I have pictures of the car at the FDC with the hitch installed.

Now, that was a couple of years ago. Things may have changed. Also, the answer may be different for different models so I would suggest don't assume anything and ask the people at the FDC: they will know for sure.

And even if they give you a positive answer today, please remember that things may (and do) change at any time and without warning. Don't get upset if the hitch is not installed when you pick it up -- they may have a reason (which is probably obscure for most of us).

Worst case scenario, it will be installed at the port when the car arrives. This is no big deal though as they (the port handling people) seem to do a much better job at hacking the bumper (for the XC90) than most dealers, probably because of the number of installations done by one or the other.
 

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I'm just back from my OSD XC40 trip and they did not have the hitch in stock at the time of the delivery, but they were going to install it before shipping it back. It is definitely available to have installed, but it does take time and may not be done if you are in a hurry until after your OSD visit.
 

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I'm just back from my OSD XC40 trip and they did not have the hitch in stock at the time of the delivery, but they were going to install it before shipping it back. It is definitely available to have installed, but it does take time and may not be done if you are in a hurry until after your OSD visit.
That's odd. I was told at the end of May when I picked up my OSD they don't do it there any more.

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I dropped off my XC40 on July 1 and my Concierge, Erik, took my order for a hitch and the cargo mat set. 1200.00 total.
 

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Just an update, just returned from OSD and they had installed the US spec trailer hitch with no problem prior to my arrival. I don't remember the price but it was still an option for OSD install, and was "in-stock" last week when I was there.

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XC40 OEM Tow Hitch

Did Volvo redesign all their trailer hitches for 2019-2020? I've seen posts here where they hack the bumper...but the pic above by Grecian shows a real nice one. Is that how they all are now? Or should I still go with Invisihitch? (2020 XC60)
For the record when you install the hitch there is a section of the bumper that must be cut. However, when you take the bumper off on the inside it's marked (by Volvo) exactly where you need to cut. And you are cutting a piece that faces down NOT out. I just finished my install and unless you get on the ground on your back slide under the car where the hitch is you can not tell. The place you cut is taken up by the receiver you wont see it.

I did my install myself and it's really easy, so easy I was thinking I missed something. If you are handy and can take you time to follow the instructions put out by Volvo its simple. I went with the OEM hitch because it replaces the factory bumper with much heavier steel and it's ties into the frame better. You actually slide arms into the chasis and bolt to the frame. The after market bumpers only bolt over the bolts that hold the bumper on. So if you tow your putting the all stress on the threads of 6 bolts. If you are just doing a bike rack and no towing then you are only putting downward stress on the bumper bolts. I do not intend to tow often but I was just not comfortable depending on the bumper bolts alone.






 

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For the record when you install the OEM hitch there is a section of the bumper that must be cut. However, when you take the bumper off on the inside it's marked (by Volvo) exactly where you need to cut. And you are cutting a piece that faces down NOT out. I just finished my install and unless you get on the ground on your back slide under the car where the hitch is you can not tell. The place you cut is taken up by the receiver you wont see it.

I did my install myself and it's really easy, so easy I was thinking I missed something. If you are handy and can take you time to follow the instructions put out by Volvo its simple. I went with the OEM hitch because it replaces the factory bumper with much heavier steel and it's ties into the frame better. You actually slide arms into the chasis and bolt to the frame. The after market bumpers only bolt over the bolts that hold the bumper on. So if you tow your putting the all stress on the threads of 6 bolts. If you are just doing a bike rack and no towing then you are only putting downward stress on the bumper bolts. I do not intend to tow often but I was just not comfortable depending on the bumper bolts alone.






 

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I'm looking to use a non-oem hitch to avoid the high cost of the factory option but was hoping to use the OEM wiring. How have you all mounted the trailer brake light connector?

As it's not related to Overseas Delivery I started a new thread here, but appreciate any thoughts some might have on this approach given it looks like many of you have evaluated the third party hitch systems already!
 

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Just put down a deposit for a mid April 2021 OSD Delivery - 2021 XC60 R-Design Recharge in Bursting Blue/Slate. COVID will determine FDC Delivery or Direct Ship (Buy Now - Fly Later)

It appears that the XC60 Factory Hitch is 1 1/4” receiver with a disappearing tow bar with a 2” ball?

If so - my new 2” Thule “tray” rack for my eBikes won’t work with the Factory Hitch. Not good.

Can anyone (Grecian?) confirm the receiver size for the Volvo Factory Hitch, please? 1 1/4” or 2” receiver size?

I’d prefer the Factory Hitch cuz aesthetics (recessed and “turn away” tow bar and ball..along with hitch into the frame, safety and factory warranty), but concerned that my 2” Thule receiver will NOT fit into the Volvo Factory Hitch...or ‘turn away’ tow bar will interfere with my bike rack.

Obviously I have some time to consider this - but any responses from “The Collective” would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I've seen posts here where they hack the bumper...but the pic above by Grecian shows a real nice one. Is that how they all are now? Or should I still go with Invisihitch?
 

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Just put down a deposit for a mid April 2021 OSD Delivery - 2021 XC60 R-Design Recharge in Bursting Blue/Slate. COVID will determine FDC Delivery or Direct Ship (Buy Now - Fly Later)

It appears that the XC60 Factory Hitch is 1 1/4” receiver with a disappearing tow bar with a 2” ball?

If so - my new 2” Thule “tray” rack for my eBikes won’t work with the Factory Hitch. Not good.

Can anyone (Grecian?) confirm the receiver size for the Volvo Factory Hitch, please? 1 1/4” or 2” receiver size?

I’d prefer the Factory Hitch cuz aesthetics (recessed and “turn away” tow bar and ball..along with hitch into the frame, safety and factory warranty), but concerned that my 2” Thule receiver will NOT fit into the Volvo Factory Hitch...or ‘turn away’ tow bar will interfere with my bike rack.

Obviously I have some time to consider this - but any responses from “The Collective” would be greatly appreciated.
Upon further review - my Thule EZFold XT Bike Rack can be used with a 1 1/4” Receiver Hitch.

My OSD Specialist does NOT recommend the Volvo Factory ‘Foldaway’ Hitch for Bicycle Racks or Cargo Trays.

Evidently the 1 1/4” receiver is “too short” to offer sufficient strength for a fully loaded bike rack. Although the XC 60 Volvo Factory Hitch is rated for 350#’s tongue weight and 3500#’s towing capacity - the shortened 1 1/4” Receiver (cuz of the foldaway 2” ball/tow bar) doesn’t offer enough “length” for insertion of a loaded bike rack or cargo carrier.

I’ll be going with an aftermarket hitch upon Stateside delivery - and have my Volvo dealer load the trailer towing software.
 
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