What In The World Is A Frunk And Why Will You Love It?

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A frunk may be a pleasant surprise in your next vehicle. Here’s what it is and why you’ll want one.

Automobiles are changing more rapidly and more dramatically than ever. The days of a conventional engine in the front of the “car” are going away quickly. Heck, engines and cars are words that are starting to lack meaning as the industry moves towards electric motor driven crossovers. One big benefit of many modern designs is that the front of the car can now be used as cargo space. If you owned a vintage Beetle or Corvair you are hip to what we’re getting at. If not, a frunk is a front trunk.

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Three of the most important new vehicles launched in the past three years have frunks. Chevrolet’s new rear-mid engine Corvette, Mustang’s all-new Mustang Mach-E electric crossover, and the segment-blasting Tesla Model 3. Each of these three vehicles is critical to its company for one reason or another. For Corvette, it is GM again reminding the world that it can create world-beating supercars priced at a fraction of what the fancy-pants brands charge. For Mustang Mach-E, it is Ford reminding the world that when it decides to move to a new technology the blue oval can do so with industry-changing effectiveness. For the Model 3, it is Tesla proving once and for all that a satisfying, longe-range all-electric car is within reach of many buyers’ budgets. The only common part of all three of these vehicles is their frunks.

With the engine now no longer in the front of the vehicle, the compartment ahead of the occupant cabin is now available for cargo. That cargo area can be quite large. GM’s Corvette frunk can carry a decent size overnight bag. Which is very helpful when the roof is stowed in the rear trunk. Ford’s 4.8 cubic foot frunk can handle a large cooler. Or it can be a cooler. The frunk has a drain at the bottom. Throw in your favorite bevies, a bag of ice, and head to the game to tailgate.

In the modern age of automobiles, Tesla must be credited with reviving the frunk. The new Tesla Model 3 is reshaping the 3 Series segment in its likeness and one reason is its innovative use of space. The Model 3 has 15 cubic feet of cargo space. The frunk is one reason the Model 3 has 50% more cargo volume than its conventional competitors like the Genesis G70, which offers just 10 cu ft. BestRide reached out to the Facebook Tesla Model 3 club asking for an image from a member to use in this story. Steve Davies immediately replied mid-road trip. He had just filled his frunk up with Cajun food including boudin, alligator & crawfish. Hopefully, he grabbed the makings for a spicy blond etouffee!

As the car as we know it morphs into its next iteration, watch for the frunk, an innovation that goes back nearly a century, to become a mainstay of modern vehicle design.

 

 

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