I recently had the OEM itch, Bezel and Harness installed on my 6 mo. old KL. Cost for parts and labor totaled $750. Yes I'm limited to 2K towing capacity and that is fine with me for what I wanted and using it for. I wasn't about top pay the additional money for a different bumper. Looks great to me bezel and all. I also found out that if dealers have never done this install they are in for a surprise. The wiring harness is the worst part of it all to install. Very elaborate and time consuming. Parts alone were more than $450 give or take and the rest in labor. The dealer that did mine took it in the shorts on labor and their own parts guy tried to tell them lol. Average cost of install total parts and labor is right at $800. Dealer thought it would be a 3-4 hour job lol. They had my KL 2 days and the biggest reason was the detailed harness install.
I just bring this up and good timing. I was out Christmas shopping 3 days ago and as I approached my KL a man came up and asking me about the hitch etc. He pointed out his KL a 2016 Latitude like mine next row over. Told me he was having the hitch, harness and bezel installed next week. I asked his towing weight and he said he'd be towing a trailer right at 3500#. I educated him on the towing weight limitations and the difference between his/my KL and one with the tow package. He was very thankful and decided against it for obvious reasons. I'm good with the 2k limit and knew it going into it. I saw other comments about the bezel and realize this is a very old thread however my install looks great and to me almost factory and quite happy with it. Here's mine...
Thats a great job they did and looks 100% OEM. Actually 2k will tow a lot of most people would need to tow. Also my point is if I was going to pull 3500+ RV or boat I would be looking at a Grand Cherokee with tow for that purpose. Thats not to say that I could not use my Cherokee with factory tow to do it. Just personal preference.
Also you raise a good point in as far as tow limits. Did they include the actual 7 pin connector also with the harness as they show the opening cover for it?
I would imagine they would have to include it to provide trailer brake ability if needed.
If you traded in that Cherokee and another person bought it, they would see OEM tow set up and assume what limit? Lets see a Cherokee with OEM tow set up is 4500 correct?
Obviously there might be an issue or maybe not. I would take a good guess that if under 3500 there would be no noticeable issues developing. The issues I would imagine would start to manifest themselves over 3500 as the demands of that extra weight puts stress on the cooling system. Actually extra transmission cooling and higher CFM engine cooling could be added if needed.
No, I am not advocating violating that 2000k limit but occasionally going over it a bit will not hurt anything. It may impact the warranty coverage though.