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Dual-motor Cybertruck range and automatic frunk opening get on review display

Top Gear is already teasing its Cybertruck review (image: Top Gear)
Top Gear is already teasing its Cybertruck review (image: Top Gear)
A glimpse of the retail Cybertruck cabin tells all that's needed to know about the pickup's 123 kWh battery range. It also seems that Tesla will offer both automatic frunk opening and closing, as new cabin control menu leak suggests.

While the infotainment screen in the central console of the Release Candidate Cybertrucks has so far only shown battery percentages, a cabin snap from a media review unit has now turned them into actual miles remaining. According to MKBHD's teaser shot, the Cybertruck has 265 miles of range left, which jives with previous range leaks, yet from what seems to be a 90% filled battery charge gauge.

MKBHD might be one of those "industry influencers" rumored to be first in line for a Cybertruck delivery on the November 30 release date. Alternatively, Tesla gave him a review unit just like it provided one for Top Gear, which today teased that their Cybertruck review will be out tomorrow, and even managed to give it a "Disruptor of the Year" award prior to launch.

Cybertruck range estimate

In any case, it seems that Tesla will keep the 300-mile Cybertruck range promise that it announced way back in 2019 for the midrange dual-motor trim. Given that what's on MKBHD Cybertruck's display is the real-time range estimate, the official EPA number could very well fit that 300-mile range paradigm. Unfortunately, this could also mean that the tri-motor Cybertruck Performance version may indeed be absent at launch, just as rumored.

If the leaked 123 kWh Cybertruck battery capacity specs hold water in the end, this would mean that the Cybertruck's efficiency rating is about 41 kWh/100mi which is a tad better than the Rivian R1T or Ford F-150 Lightning's window stickers in that respect. Moreover, if the dual-motor Cybertruck price is indeed pegged at US$59,900, then Tesla will beat them with its $199 cost per mile of range metric as well. Granted, the Cybertruck's battery consumption would then be nearly double that of a Model 3, but then again it is a 4-ton truck.

Cybertruck frunk

The other nugget of info that can be glimpsed from the Cybertruck review unit's display, is the powered frunk's controls from the inside of the cabin.

One Tesla team member recently confirmed that the Cybertruck's frunk will be automatic for both opening and closing, and it seems that they may have been correct.

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Daniel Zlatev, 2023-11-30 (Update: 2023-11-30)