2020 Defender



Make sure the relevant safety warnings and cautions have been read and understood before towing a trailer. See TOWING SAFETY.


It is recommended to keep the deployable tow ball in the stowed position when not in use. Failure to do so could lead to vehicle damage or personal injury.

The deployable tow ball can be operated using either the touchscreen or by using buttons located on the left side of the loadspace.


Operating the tow ball many times in quick succession may cause the system to stop working. Operation is resumed after approximately 90 minutes. If operation is not resumed, consult a retailer/authorised repairer.

Touchscreen operation:

To deploy the tow ball using the touchscreen:

  1. Touch the Apps icon on the driver side bar. See TOUCHSCREEN HOME MENU.

  2. Select TOW BAR.

  3. Select Deploy.

Once moving, the Deploy soft key is replaced with a Stop soft key. Once fully deployed, the Stop soft key is replaced with a Stow soft key.

If the tow ball stops halfway, or the system cannot determine the position of the tow ball, the tow ball reset procedure must be used. See DEPLOYABLE TOW BALL RESET.

Loadspace button operation:
  1. Bulb check button. See BULB CHECK.

  2. Deploy and stow button.

Press button 2 to deploy the tow ball. Press the button a second time to stow the tow ball.


The loadspace buttons do not operate if the taildoor is closed.

An LED located above the button confirms tow ball status as follows:

  • Flashes slowly while the tow ball is being deployed or stowed. An audible tone also sounds.

  • Stops flashing and remains illuminated once the tow ball is fully deployed.

  • Stops flashing and extinguishes after 2 seconds once the tow ball is fully stowed.

  • Flashes quickly if an obstruction is encountered. An audible tone also sounds.


If the LED continues to flash, the tow ball is neither fully deployed nor fully stowed. An audible tone also sounds. Do not tow a trailer with the tow ball partially deployed. Serious injury or death may result. See DEPLOYABLE TOW BALL RESET.

Press the button to stop operation of the tow ball. A further press of the button starts the reset procedure.