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2019 Model 3 Performance has a hitch cover

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by Bigtuna00, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. Bigtuna00

    Bigtuna00 Member

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    I've noticed a change on my Model 3 Performance that I picked up June 1. The lower trim panel has a built-in cover/opening presumably for a hitch:

    2019 Model 3 Performance Hitch Cover?

    I am installing the EcoHitch Stealth and planned to install their Undercover accessory to cover the hole that you drill but turns out I don't need to drill a hole at all...bonus. I let Torklift Central know as well.
     
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  2. vzium

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    That's exactly what we have in Europe if you take the towing package. I guess they applied the modification regarding the rear access for all cars produced since then.
     
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  3. Stach

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    Cool, I've got that too on my 04/19 build here in the US. I'd only ever use it for a bike rack, but that'd be a nice option to have!
     
  4. Ryefry

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    Please check to see if the wiring for a trailer is also there.
     
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    What's the build date? I'm Oct/2018 so I'm sure I don't have this but now I need to check!
     
  6. WilliamG

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    Interesting. My Performance 3 (see signature) doesn’t have it.
     
  7. Bigtuna00

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    Didn't notice any wiring for a trailer. I'll have to check the build date.
     
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    ammulder '98 GS400 -> P3D+

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    Mine delivered in early May did not have that central removable panel.
     
  9. DirtySeven

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    SR+ delivered mid June. I have the panel. Didn't see any extra wiring inside.
     
  10. Daniel in SD

    Daniel in SD Active Member

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    Dang. I want that panel.
    They really should have made the hitch like mine though.
    5C1B0221-C7CD-4599-A5EC-18859092F8A3.jpeg
     
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  11. -DA3

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    04/19 build LRRWD I have the panel.
     
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    That is interesting. Should I expect a newly ordered long range AWD to have it?
     
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    80F3B7DA-A5E5-4729-BC26-C6B0ACC96C45.jpeg I just picked up my P3D- yesterday and have the panel too. Sorry for crappy pic but this was for Due Bill since all my panels on front/rear/sides were scratched up:
     
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  14. SageBrush

    SageBrush 2020: Drain the Sewer

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    Can the towing package be retro-fitted ?

    PLEASE
     
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  15. regazzoni

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    my hope was that the aftermarket stealth hitch woudl fit through...
     
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    I noticed , (July 2019 in U.S.), Model 3 had this cover/opening but when I received my Model 3 Performance it did not have this cover. I asked my adviser if they could switch it to one with a flap and was told yes. Not sure why some have the hatch over and others don't.... Also I spoke with Service about warranty if I were to put on a hitch and they said they could not guarantee that it would NOT void the warranty..... I'm sure may owners want a hitch to carry a bike rack like me - come on Tesla - please make it happen!
     
  17. nayr14

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    I'm still waiting for a OEM hitch option. I'd assume it would include installation/upgrade of the rear under bumper cover to include the door the new models comes with. I'm surprised it hasn't been announced through... I'd expect Elon to tweet about it months before the official release. Maybe it's just for the EU hitch... I hope not though!

    If there isn't an option by Spring 2020 I'll be going aftermarket.
     
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    Funny how informed the service centers are. I made the drive last week to see if I could buy the European panel for my hitch and after the guy walked around asking people I was told no because it was an international part. SMH, back to the SC to try to order. This time with the part number.
     
  19. Bigtuna00

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    There already is an OEM hitch option, but only in Europe: https://electrek.co/2019/05/08/tesla-model-3-tow-hitch/
     
  20. Bigtuna00

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    Yes, sorry I wasn't clear about that. The aftermarket hitches fit through the OEM hole just fine. The hole is actually quite huge, much bigger than the one you cut if you follow the EcoHitch instructions.
     

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