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Toyota Picnic Towbars

Toyota Picnic Towbars

Toyota Picnic Towing Specifics

The Toyota Picnic was first introduced in 1995 by the Japanese manufacturer as a compact MPV, with decent towing capabilities. We will cover the towing specifics of this model below.

Toyota Picnic Towbar Electrics Kits

It is recommended that all tow bars fitted to a Toyota Picnic vehicle are done so with a dedicated electrics kit, rather than a universal electrics kit. A dedicated electrics kit not only ensures all modern features such as; trailer stability and parking sensors are functional, but also helps to keep your vehicle's warranty unaffected.

We offer both universal and dedicated electrics kits for the Toyota Picnic vehicle towbars, but be aware that universal electrics kits can invalidate any manufacturer warranty your vehicle has and may also require a bypass relay.

Check your Toyota warranty for more information.

Bypass Relays

All tow bars for the Toyota Picnic models will not require a bypass relay, if universal electrics are fitted.

A bypass relay works by powering what it is you are towing through transferring power straight from the battery instead of taking too much current away from your vehicle.

Whereas a dedicated system works in harmony with your vehicle's ECU and all of its functions.


This is the coding of the ECU to accept the dedicated system, this updates your vehicles software to run smoothly with the new towbar.

All Toyota Picnic models will not require coding.

Coding is used to update your vehicles software in order for it to run coherently with the new towbar through the dedicated electrics.

Bumper Cuts

Depending on the towbar, Toyota Picnic models will require a bumper cut. A bumper cut is when a fraction of the vehicle's rear bumper is cut in order to fit the towbar.

All Toyota Picnic models have towbars that require visible and no bumper cuts.

Nose Weight

Nose weight is the amount of weight pushing down on the tow ball, it is important not to exceed the nose weight set on the tow bar, failure to do so could damage the car chassis and/or tow bar mounting points. Nose weight varies depending on the towbar you choose and are displayed under each tow bar below.

All Toyota Picnic models have a nose weight of up to 60kg.

Towing Weight

Towing weight is the weight that a Toyota Picnic vehicle can tow safely, without any risk of damaging the vehicle. Towing weights are bar specific and displayed below each towbar.

For all Toyota Picnic vehicles, the towbars have a towing weight capacity of 1500kg up to 1600kg.

You will need to check the towing limit for your Toyota Picnic vehicle model as it may not be able to tow up to the weight limit that the tow bar can tow.


Ball Type:  Swan neck

Bumper Cuts:  Non Visible

Bypass Required:  No

Towing Weight Kg:  1500

Nose Weight Kg:  60


Ball Type:  Flange

Bumper Cuts:  No

Bypass Required:  No

Towing Weight Kg:  1500

Nose Weight Kg:  60


Ball Type:  Detachable

Bumper Cuts:  Visible

Bypass Required:  No

Towing Weight Kg:  1600

Nose Weight Kg:  60