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Any info on availability of trailer hitch dealer-installed accessory or aftermarket (Reese, Curt, Draw-Tite, etc.)? And other than dealer-installed any experience with light coupler? I would use mine to tow yard waste to the recycle center, pick up mulch, furniture, dirty cargo a few times per year. Current plan is to schedule with dealer @ 10,000 mile maintenance, about 6-8 months from now and patiently wait...
 

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Dealer told me a dealer installed hitch wasn't an option (from them at least, not sure if that's a universal thing)... they didn't have any suggestions on other suggested vendors.
 

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Anyone near PHX Tempe? Anyone know a dealer nearby that would participate?

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hope someone in tempe are takes them up on it - and being that they are in the desert, maybe specifying a strong enough tongue to support a dirt bike, without wobbles.
 

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lost: Pretty cool! Our dealer confirmed they're in the pipeline unique for this model so I plan to wait until first service @ 10K miles to see if they can handle it then (factory kit might be more aesthetically elegant, if not more expensive and I'm hoping for a trim kit if the bumper cover needs cut). The other part of it would be the lighting harness- since this is a new model might have to wait for the Mopar version.That said, I've used U-Haul hitch equipment in past vehicles and was very satisfied. And it is remarkable they are so responsive to the request. Thanks.
 

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A factory hitch option is now showing on the Alfa Romeo Canada site, has anyone ever seen a Stelvio with a hitch on it? Not sure if it's going to ruin the look.
 

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it's been on the US option list since inception - and I believe still unavailable.

this is really stupid in the SUV market. people buy SUV's for their ability to move stuff, they know this which is why it's the first Alfa sold in the US with a tow rating (yes, same cars tow in Europe for many years), and then not to have the hitch.

talk about dropping the ball ...
 

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I think the cart got a little ahead of the horse in this case- but also because local markets require lots of process prior to approving anything attached to a vehicle for sale. Although it seems so easy, there are lots of differences between markets. It will be here soon enough-- I have on good order the Service Manager at our area dealership is working with the group on accessories that will integrate to the look and design of Giorgio platform. Since I won't be needing my trailer until Spring, plan to have it installed at the first complementary service provided by our friends at Alfa Romeo.
 

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it's been on the US option list since inception - and I believe still unavailable.

this is really stupid in the SUV market. people buy SUV's for their ability to move stuff, they know this which is why it's the first Alfa sold in the US with a tow rating (yes, same cars tow in Europe for many years), and then not to have the hitch.

talk about dropping the ball ...
It's actually able to be ordered on the Canadian model for $450 CDN
 

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I do believe that is the bicycle rack.

at it's not an actual customer car, and as you pointed out not in north america.

so I don't think I'm going to be able to move a Beta with that haha
 

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The US rating is still only max 3000 lbs compared to the EU version that allows max 5000 lbs or 2300 kgs. For exactly the the same car spec. I have asked numerous Alfa sources why the difference but no one has come up with an explanation for the difference.

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yes, I've seen the US website rating it will be interesting to see if the Q gets a higher rating, as the levante S did.
but the "hitch" pictured was from the Euro sites , I believe, for a bicycle rack carrier, and not likely to be capable of towing much of anything.
 

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The US rating is still only max 3000 lbs compared to the EU version that allows max 5000 lbs or 2300 kgs. For exactly the the same car spec. I have asked numerous Alfa sources why the difference but no one has come up with an explanation for the difference.

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Different countries allow for different factors when determining the tow capacity. The US is simply more restrictive. If you check most vehicles the tow ratings are greater for the same vehicles with the only difference being where they're sold.
 

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It's all about the regulations regarding weight distribution on your trailer. In the EU, we centre the mass over the centre of the axle on the trailer (minimising the weight transferred to the towing vehicle) and we enforce slower speeds for driving whilst towing to maintain stability. This means we can tow heavier trailers with the same vehicle spec. I believe the US regs put the weight ahead of the trailer axle for more stability at speed but this transfers more load to the rear axle of the towing vehicle therefore reducing the maximum load you can tow. Finally, the tow hitch shown on the EU sites is definitely not just for a bike carrier. I'm sure it's also intended to drag around caravans and other hazards...
 
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