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Cybertruck to sport powered frunk with automatic close and suspension lowering in park but 'UI will be the best part'

Cybertruck topping up at a Supercharger (image: Tyler Yust/X)
Cybertruck topping up at a Supercharger (image: Tyler Yust/X)
When the Top Gear crew was filmed testing the Cybertruck for their review that is likely to air after release date, it seemed that they are opening the frunk manually. Now, however, there is a claim that the Cybertruck frunk will be automatic.

Тhere have already been pictures and even videos of the Cybertruck's ingenious tonneau cover sliding open to reveal the truck bed, or closed to protect its contents and seal them from the elements, as well as improve the Cybertruck's drag coefficient. With the tonneau cover out of the way, the other big mystery regarding the Cybertruck's load and storage compartments outside of the cabin has been the front trunk, or the so-called "frunk."

First, there was a lot of speculation about its size, how the hood opens to reveal it, as well as the layout of the frunk bucket in terms of shape, lining, or power outlets' existence and location. Most of this info has already been filled in by spy shots and even official-looking frunk dimensions and power outlet specifications list. 

During a recent filming of what looked like a Cybertruck ad at Hermosa Beach, though, the driver and crowd of observers were caught popping open the frunk with a seemingly manual effort. Subsequently, it turned out that this is the Top Gear crew. Tesla apparently offered them access to a review unit of the Cybertruck for a future episode, the airing of which will most likely be after the Cybertruck's release date of November 30.

In any case, it's not clear if the Cybertruck review units are the same as the retail model in terms of specs and features. A recent sighting of the pickup at a Supercharger, however, and a friendly chat with its driver, have reportedly solved one of the last mysteries about the frunk.

"I should note, powered frunk is 100% confirmed. Both opening and close," says the person who spoke with the Cybertruck's "owner." The chat yielded other info about the Cybertruck, too, like the option to lower the Cybertruck's suspension from lifted mode when the driver puts it in park to make getting in and out of the electric pickup easier.

The Cybertruck's doors, on the other hand, won't open automatically like the wing doors of the Model X as they aren't motorized, tipped its driver. Instead, they'd have a capacitive button that will pop them open when pressed.

The chat created another big mystery, however, as much as it solved the powered frunk one. The interior of the Cybertruck was completely covered and, when asked about it, the driver said that they have to because the "software/UI will be the best part" of the Cybertruck experience.

This user interface tidbit adds even more excitement on the runup to the Cybertruck's release date at the end of November, two months later than Elon Musk's September launch tease earlier in the year. 

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Daniel Zlatev, 2023-11-11 (Update: 2023-11-11)