The tailgate on the X5 is two sections that open up and down. The upper section has a fixed bonded rear glass that incorporates the rear window wiper and motor assembly. Two gas strut pistons are used on the upper sec- tion for opening. An electric actuator is incor- porated in the upper section with the micro switch for operation located between the two license plate lights. The actuator locks into the lower tailgate section when closed.
A micro-switch positioned in the center console switch panel is used to open the tail gate from inside the vehicle.
Operation of the upper tail gate is con- trolled from the GM which locks the operation of the gate when the vehicle speed is over 5 MPH. A dealer installed class three trailer hitch is available as an option with a towing capacity of 6000 pounds.