Interesting. Wonder why they chose that design. Looking at the link you provided, I suspect a minor offset revision could get that hitch below the license plate.GammaFlat wrote: ↑Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:50 amI'm not sure if I love or hate the concept. The posting on FB talks about plate removal or hinged plate. I assume that the hitch being relatively higher is good from a leverage standpoint.
Obstructing or removing the plate does seem to be a problem. I guess the mods to your bumper would be less obvious. They speak of a template so I assume that means some drilling is required. I'm intrigued by the concept. Maybe hanging your plate out of the trunk (like car dealers do) would work.
I feel pretty comfortable the drive-train will "take it".
If you look at the beginning pages of this thread, you will notice that the Holden "Towbar" that I installed is offset just enough so the hitch sits below the license plate. Unsure why this new hitch uses a design that will render the stock plate useless while towing a trailer. Or heck, even using a bike rack. If they want to make it stealth, it can be below the license plate, and inset with a plastic door over the lower plastic valance panel.
And yes, the drivetrain can take towing a small boat just fine.
It never felt like anything was there.
There was one time when I did notice one small glitch towing at very low speeds (5-10MPH) on gravel going down a small grade... the ABS kept activating for no reason. Unsure why the car decided to do that at such low speeds. The tires were not slipping (I had the windows down and heard nothing from the tires). It just felt like some programming glitch with the ABS. Never happened again.