Rear Trunk

Opening

To open the rear trunk, ensure Model X is in Park, then do one of the following:

  • Touch Controls > Trunk on the touchscreen.
  • Double-click the rear trunk button on the key fob.
  • Touch the rear trunk button on the mobile app.
  • Press the switch located under the liftgate's exterior handle (a valid key must be detected).
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Note
If Passive Entry is off, you must use a key fob to unlock Model X before you can use the switch to open the liftgate. See Using the Key Fob.

Model X must be unlocked or detect a key before you can use the switch to open the liftgate.

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Red icon of vehicle with doors open

When a door, trunk or liftgate is open, the instrument panel displays the Door Open indicator light. The image of your Model X on the touchscreen also displays the open trunk.

To stop a liftgate while it is moving, single-click the rear trunk button on the key fob. Then, when you double-click the rear trunk button, it moves again, but in the opposite direction (provided it was not almost entirely open or closed when you stopped it). For example, if you single-click to stop the liftgate while opening, when you double-click, it closes.

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Note
In emergency situations, you can override an open or close command by grasping the liftgate to stop it in place.

To open the liftgate from inside the vehicle in the unlikely situation that Model X has no power, see Interior Emergency Trunk Release.

If Model X detects a low ceiling (for example, in a garage), it opens the liftgate (and falcon wing doors) to a lower height, even if no obstacle is detected. You can override this height by manually lifting it higher. When doing so, the touchscreen prompts you to choose if you always want the trunk to open to this higher position at this location, and saves your choice. If you choose to do so, the next time you open the liftgate at this location, Model X opens it to the saved height.

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Warning
Before opening or closing the liftgate, check the surrounding area (for people and objects). Although the liftgate can detect obstacles, it cannot detect all objects at all times. Do not rely on the liftgate to sense an obstruction when opening or closing. You must proactively monitor the liftgate to ensure that it does not come into contact with a person or object. Failure to do so may result in damage or injury.

Closing

To close the liftgate, do one of the following:

  • Touch Controls > Trunk.
  • Double-click the rear trunk button on the key fob.
  • Press the switch located on the underside of the liftgate (see Adjusting Liftgate Opening Height).

If the liftgate senses an obstruction when closing, it stops moving and chimes two times. Remove the obstruction and try closing it again.

Adjusting Liftgate Opening Height

You can adjust the opening height of the liftgate to make it easier to reach or to avoid low-hanging ceilings or objects (for example, a garage door or light):

  1. Open the trunk, then manually lower or raise the liftgate to the desired opening height.
  2. Press and hold the button on the underside of the liftgate for three seconds until you hear a confirmation chime.
    A button on the underside of the liftgate with an image of a car with a its trunk open
  3. Confirm that you have set it to the desired height by closing the liftgate, then reopening it.

Accessing the Cargo Area

Secure all cargo before moving Model X, and place heavy cargo in the lower trunk compartment.

To access the cargo area inside the rear trunk, push down on the ridged portion of the handle of the cargo cover and then pull up. You can then adjust the position of the cargo cover or completely remove it.

Rear trunk with arrow pointing to the cargo cover handle

Distribute cargo weight between the front and rear trunks.

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CAUTION
Never load more than 175 lbs (80 kg) in the upper compartment of the rear trunk or more than 285 lbs (130 kg) in the lower compartment. Doing so can cause damage.

Interior Emergency Trunk Release

An illuminated mechanical release located inside the rear trunk allows you to open the rear trunk from the inside if Model X has no electrical power. This mechanical release also allows a person locked inside to get out.

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  1. Remove the cover by pulling its lower edge very firmly toward you.
  2. Pull the cable to release the latch.
  3. Push the rear trunk open.
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Note
The button glows for several hours after a brief exposure to ambient light.
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Warning
Do not allow children to play inside the trunk or become locked inside. An unrestrained child could suffer serious injury or death in a crash. A child could suffer heat exhaustion if trapped in the vehicle, especially without climate control on.