And the weirdest trunk candidate is…
Like many EVs, the Lucid Air has a front trunk (aka flank) and a regular trunk. Both are very large and very strange. There are several possible reasons for this. Its packaging is atypical due to the disparate architecture EV allows. This isn’t all that different from most EVs on dedicated platforms. However, the Lucid frees up a lot of space with a relatively small electric motor (more on that here), and the design is also unique, especially in the rear.
Officially, the trunk offers 22.1 cubic feet of space. This would be bigger than the vast chasm that was the trunk of the last Ford Taurus and Crown Victoria. However, as you can see, there is nothing like them at all. Frank, on the other hand, is 10 cubic feet, comparable to his trunk in a typical coupe, and bigger than a Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan, or Mercedes EQS (not at all). Again, it’s nothing like them.
So this test will be weird.
Strange number one: clamshell trunk lid. Basically, the entire rear of the car lifts up like the bow of a cargo ship. Or maybe it’s prey for whales.
Strange number two: Note that the opening is basically just a slot that spans the width of the car.
Deep in the beast’s belly, you can see how much it’s wide at the rear, but notice it’s not very tall.
Please bring some bags. Like all luggage tests I do, this is two medium-sized roller suitcases (26″ long, 16″ wide, 11″ deep) that you’ll need to check in at the airport, plus a roll that barely fits overhead. Means 2 Abode suitcases (24L). x 15W x 10D) and one small roll-a-board (23L x 15W x 10D) that fits easily. I also have my wife’s fancy overnight bag, including his bag (21L x 12W x 12D).
In my experience only the smallest trunk can’t hold my largest bag on its side. Lucid could not. As you can see above, it was just tall enough for a larger rollaboard, but the two large check-in bags had to be flattened. Space left. So only the two largest bags could fit, a rollaboard and a fancy bag.The other two rollaboards were left behind.
At first glance, this looks silly and definitely not 22.1 cubic feet. Oh, but wait, there’s literally more. tip of the iceberg.
Removing the floor reveals a vast amount of space, just like the Mercedes EQS. However, the left and right ends of this trunk basement are actually structural members.there is space under Connect this large main space with additional smaller spaces on either side to create one continuous floor of trunk width. wild. The space on the left holds a specially designed charging cord bag. very thoughtful.
The main space is large enough for a small rollaboard and a fairly crushed fancy bag.
So, although the trunk fits in almost any bag, it’s on two levels, leaving a lot of not particularly useful space. So the figure of 22.1 cubic feet is deceptive. It’s applicable if you’re loaded with ping-pong balls in the area, but not when it comes to actual luggage. You can definitely fit an older Taurus better. If you find another place that is being compared, please let us know).
Oh, but wait, there’s more.
This is the flank opened by a permanent virtual button on the vehicle control touchscreen on the left side of the instrument panel. You can also use the key fob (but there are no buttons, so I’m honestly not sure), or you can use the Lucid app. , the hood can be closed. Both are pictured below.
Now, before we get into bags, let’s pause for a moment. Watch the video below.
Well, it sure seems like you can drive with the flank/bonnet open. please do not.
OK, back to normal baggage inspection.
This is Frank. Spoilers for now, but this is only his ground floor. Or second, in any case, the floor also comes out of this. I like this approach because it gives me more space if needed.
It’s deep and tall enough to hold a standard rollaboard bag. Again, there’s plenty of room left over, but not enough to fit in even a fancy bag.
Now, here is the space with the floor removed. Frankly, it’s nice to have the option, but I don’t think I’ll use it much, so I’ll probably keep the floor removed all the time.
This is a standard rollaboard on top of the larger blue check-in bag. This seems to be excellent for Frank. I didn’t test it, but I think a 38-quart cooler would fit here as well. Again, there was extra space left.
Basically, if you match the trunk and the flank, you can easily store your bag without using the space under the floor of the trunk. Or all my bags and another large check-in bag. Or more bags than I have in the garage. That’s good for a sedan, and now that I think about it, he’s probably about the same as an SUV with 32.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Sure, it’s spread across two cargo areas and four different levels, and there’s a lot of extra space that makes it hard to use, but it never complains about the oddities.