And the nominees for weirdest trunk are …
Like many EVs, the Lucid Air has a entrance trunk (aka frunk) in addition to an everyday trunk. Each are very giant and really bizarre. The explanation for this may be attributed to a couple elements. Its packaging is atypical as a result of inherently totally different structure an EV permits, which is not that totally different from most EVs on devoted platforms. Nonetheless, the Lucid frees up a great deal of area with its comparatively tiny electrical motors (learn extra about these right here), whereas additionally that includes uncommon design, particularly on the rear.
Formally, the trunk presents 22.1-cubic-feet of area, which might be larger than the huge chasms that have been the final Ford Taurus and Crown Victoria trunks. As you will see, although, it is completely nothing like these. In the meantime, the frunk measures 10 cubic-feet, which is akin to a typical coupe trunk and better than what you’d discover in a Tesla Mannequin S, Porsche Taycan and Mercedes EQS (which does not have one in any respect). Once more although, it is nothing like these.
So this check goes to be bizarre.
Bizarre Half 1: the clamshell trunk lid. Principally, all the rear of the automotive lifts up just like the bow of some cargo vessel. Or perhaps a feeding whale.
Bizarre Half 2: Word how the opening is mainly only a slot that stretches the total width of the automotive.
Deep within the stomach of the beast, you’ll be able to see simply how a lot width you might have on the rearmost space, however observe that it is not that tall. How tall is not it?
Convey on some luggage. As in each baggage check I do, meaning two midsize curler suitcases that will have to be checked in on the airport (26 inches lengthy, 16 extensive, 11 deep), two roll-aboard suitcases that simply barely match within the overhead (24L x 15W x 10D), and one smaller roll-aboard that matches simply (23L x 15W x 10D). I additionally embrace my spouse’s fancy in a single day bag simply to spruce issues up a bit (21L x 12W x 12D).
In my expertise, solely the smallest trunks fail to accommodate my greatest luggage on their aspect. The Lucid couldn’t. As you’ll be able to see above, it was simply tall sufficient for larger roll-aboard, however the two larger check-in luggage needed to lay flat. This left a not-very-useful remaining area above them. As such, I might solely match these two greatest luggage, one roll-aboard and the flowery bag. The 2 different roll-aboards have been overlooked.
At first look, that is crappy and positively not 22.1 cubic-feet. Oh, however wait, there’s actually extra. Tip of the iceberg.
Eradicating the ground reveals an enormous area, not in contrast to what you get with the Mercedes EQS. Nonetheless, the left and proper edges of this trunk basement are literally structural members. There may be area under them that join this massive foremost area to extra smaller areas on both aspect to create one contiguous, trunk-width ground. Wild. The left-side area will be occupied by a cost wire bag designed particularly to reside inside. Very considerate.
The principle area is large enough to carry my smaller roll-aboard and the pretty squished fancy bag.
So, the trunk can nearly match all my luggage, however on two ranges and with numerous not-especially-useful area left over. The 22.1-cubic-foot quantity is due to this fact deceiving. Relevant if you happen to’re loading the world with ping pong balls, less-so when it comes to precise baggage. You possibly can positively match extra in an outdated Taurus. (BTW, if you happen to discover one other place the place a Lucid Air is in comparison with a Ford Taurus, let me know).
Oh, however wait once more, there’s nonetheless extra.
Here is the frunk, which is opened with a everlasting, digital button within the car management touchscreen left of the instrument panel. You too can use the important thing fob (although I am truthfully unsure how as there are not any buttons on it) or by means of the Lucid app. You possibly can shut the hood utilizing that very same touchscreen button or a bodily button contained in the frunk. Each are pictured under.
Now, earlier than we get to the luggage, let’s pause for a second. Watch the under video.
Um, so it positive looks like you’ll be able to drive with the frunk/hood open. Please do not.
OK, again to your usually scheduled baggage testing.
Right here is the frunk, though I will spoil it proper now, that is simply the primary ground. Or the second, both approach, the ground comes out of this one, too. I like this method, as a result of it permits for a wider area if you happen to want it.
It’s deep and tall sufficient to accommodate the usual roll-aboard bag. Once more, with numerous area leftover, however not sufficient to additionally match the flowery bag.
Now, right here is the area with the ground eliminated. Frankly, I might in all probability simply go away the ground eliminated always, as a result of though having the choice is good, I doubt I might use it a lot.
Here is an ordinary roll-aboard atop the larger blue check-in bag. This appears glorious for a frunk. I did not check it, however I believe my 38-quart cooler would’ve slot in right here additionally. Once more, there was further area left over.
Principally, with the trunk and frunk mixed, you would simply maintain all of my luggage with out even utilizing the trunk’s under-floor area. Or, all of my luggage plus one other huge check-in bag. Or, extra luggage than I’ve in my storage. That is glorious for a sedan and, now that I give it some thought, in all probability about the identical as an SUV with 32.1-cubic-feet of cargo quantity. Certain, it is unfold throughout two cargo areas and 4 totally different ranges, and there is numerous hard-to-use further area, however hey, I will by no means complain about bizarre.