To open the front trunk, ensure Model S is in Park, and then do one of the following before pulling the hood open:
- Touch on the touchscreen.
- Double-click the front trunk button on the key fob.
- Touch the front trunk button in the mobile app.
The Model S hood is not heavy enough to latch under its own weight and applying pressure on the front edge or center of the hood can cause damage.
To properly close the hood:
- Lower the hood until the striker touches the latches.
- Place both hands on the front of the hood in the areas shown (in green), then press down firmly to engage the latches.
- Carefully try to lift the front edge of the hood to ensure that it is fully closed.
- Apply pressure only to the green areas shown. Applying pressure to the red areas can cause damage.
- Do not close the hood with one hand. Doing so applies concentrated force in one area and can result in a dent or crease.
- Do not apply pressure to the front edge of the hood. Doing so can crease the edge.
- Do not slam or drop the hood.
- To avoid scratches, don't have anything in your hands (keys). Jewelry can also cause scratches.
If the front trunk is left open when you attempt to shift out of Park, a notification requiring you to confirm your intent to drive appears on the touchscreen.
Front Trunk Load Limit
Distribute the weight of cargo as evenly as possible between the front and rear trunks.
Interior Emergency Release
An illuminated interior release button inside the front trunk allows a person locked inside to get out.
Press the interior release button to unlatch the front trunk, then push up on the hood.
Opening Hood with No Power
For vehicles manufactured prior to April 2016, visit the DIY guide for more information.
If Model S has no electrical power, or if you are unable to open the front trunk using the touchscreen or key, you must manually open the front trunk.
Locate the release cable housed in the front wheel arch liners on both front wheels of the vehicle (there are two release cables total). Follow these instructions to open the front trunk manually:
- Release the cover in the RH front wheel well.
- Pull the strap to release the primary latch.
- Release the cover in the LH front wheel well.
- Pull the strap to release the secondary latch.
- Lift the hood. You may need to push the hood down slightly to release the pressure against the secondary latch.
When opening the front trunk using this method, the latches remain in the open position and you can not close it again without electrical power. To close a front trunk that has been opened by pulling the manual straps:
- Charge the low voltage battery (for instructions, contact Tesla).
- Press the Front Trunk button on the touchscreen to reset the primary and secondary latches.