As many of you know, Invisihitch is an OEM hitch manufacturer that developed an invisible hitch for the XC90 in response to requests from this forum. (You can view the original post here: https://forums.swedespeed.com/showthr...-now-available).
Now, in response to suggestions that again began on this forum, Invisihitch has upgraded its XC90 hitch. I'm really pleased to be able to tell you that we heard you. It took much longer than I expected, but the Invisihitch 2.0 for XC90 is now available.
This new hitch adds support for the most requested feature -- collapsible collision protection for the entire rear area of the vehicle, including the rear corner panels. In addition, the whole hitch now collapses much more like the factory crush bumper in response to rear-end collisions, absorbing and dissipating crash energy better than before.
This redesign effort took many months and had one lofty goal -- to advance the safety of hitches beyond what is currently available from any other hitch manufacturer.
Based on impact tests of the XC90 crush bumper and several XC90 hitches, including the Volvo OEM hitch, I believe we achieved our goal. The Invisihitch 2.0 comes closer to reproducing the energy-absorption and crumple-zone engagement behavior of the factory crush bumper than any other hitch on the market, and it extends this protection to the entire area covered by the factory bumper.
I really want to thank this community for stimulating this effort. I'm not sure that we would have undertaken such a long, expensive, iterative design-crush-redesign project without the urging here. It's not a coincidence that we undertook this type of project first for a Volvo vehicle.
Finally, on a personal note, I very much enjoy being a part of this community. Your feedback -- even if you favor a different hitch -- has made my work more interesting. So thank you for that! I will try to check in more regularly.