I completely agree with Michael. I have my Tesla on order and I am actually afraid to open the Frunk. Having a dent or bump in the hood is simply not acceptable to me. I am thinking that the only things I could put in the frunk are emergency items so that I pretty much never have to open it.
I appreciate the lightweight aluminum body, but being so fragile simply does make make good engineering sense. I would think that a very simple, lightweight bracket, or less robust engagement mechanism for the latch would solve the problem quickly with little cost. Seems like an engineering oversight that is simply not being dealt with. I expect, in the end, that it will cost Tesla more in the end to deal with the problem than to fix it up front.
A powered frunk closing mechanism may add cost and weight, but I would already be more than happy if they could simply replace the existing frunk latch with something that doesn't get damaged so easily.
Lots of people on the Tesla forums are complaining about the lid of the frunk and how easily it gets damaged if not closed exactly the right way. Apparently the majority of Model S cars already have a (very) small dent in the hood no matter how careful the owners were. Tesla apparently maintains that this shouldn’t happen if the owners follow the instructions.
This is silly.
Plenty of rear engine cars have similar frunks as their only storage compartment, and none come with such precise instructions on how to close it to avoid damage. You just slam it shut (or lower it gently if you wish) and that’s it. That’s the way it should be. If I can’t ask someone to take something out of the frunk without first giving detailed instructions where he should place his hands and how much pressure he should use, that's a serious design flaw that needs to be fixed asap.
The same price range cars like S-Class Mercedes and 7-series BMW have this standart option as soft self closed doors. It's very nice feature, particularly after a lot of complains on the existing Tesla S doors. And the way they close.