I bought the hitch kit (with Costco Executive coupon) and installed it myself. It has not fallen off.I was quite reluctant to buy the OEM hitch kit and install it myself, so I paid $500 installed (during the order). However, if you want to save some money, several ppl on here proved that it's straight forward w/ the installation; bumper removal, unbolt and bolt, and connect to prewired harness at the cargo area.
That’s good to know. augmented cooling is often overlooked when adding a hitch for heavy towing. Whether pulling a couple thousand pound or up near the top spec’d towing capacity.It may depend on what you mean by "tow package".
All Premium, Limited, and Touring (in the US nomenclature, anyway) come with the additional liquid coolers, the rear differential temperature sensor, and the 5,000 pound towing rating. This was commonly called something like a "towing prep package" or "towing prep group" back in the day that was often added as an option or perhaps came as standard equipment on some vehicles. All Premium, Limited, and Touring models come ready to support the towing of 5,000 pounds.
However, as stated above, no Ascent came standard with the receiver hitch itself. It could be added as an accessory either directly at the factory or at the dealer, but no trim or option group included the receiver hitch itself as standard equipment.