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Put those boxes in the Frunk ;)
I'm afraid the frunk is going to be more trouble than it's worth most of the time. Sounds like it'll be pretty much like opening the hood of the car, or the trunk of a sedan. The edges will probably be dirty, and it's more effort to either pull the inside release first, or fish for the fob in my pocket, or open the phone app. Then fish under the hood for a release (I assume there's one) and manually pull it up.

All the doors just take are a quick button push. The liftgate has a button or foot activation with a power opening. But the frunk hood is manual.

I suspect the frunk will just become long-term storage and/or infrequently-used spare cargo space.
 

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I'm afraid the frunk is going to be more trouble than it's worth most of the time. Sounds like it'll be pretty much like opening the hood of the car, or the trunk of a sedan. The edges will probably be dirty, and it's more effort to either pull the inside release first, or fish for the fob in my pocket, or open the phone app. Then fish under the hood for a release (I assume there's one) and manually pull it up.

All the doors just take are a quick button push. The liftgate has a button or foot activation with a power opening. But the frunk hood is manual.

I suspect the frunk will just become long-term storage and/or infrequently-used spare cargo space.
Yeah you know I had always anticipated using it as my primary trunk, but now that you say that I guess all the things I usually have rolling around in the trunk I‘d put up there. Car cleaning supplies emergency kits and things like that.

I still wish under the trunk load floor was more usable, I’d really prefer to put everything there and have the trunk available as well as the front for quicker access. Take out should totally go there, no grease stains.
 

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I'm afraid the frunk is going to be more trouble than it's worth most of the time. Sounds like it'll be pretty much like opening the hood of the car, or the trunk of a sedan. The edges will probably be dirty, and it's more effort to either pull the inside release first, or fish for the fob in my pocket, or open the phone app. Then fish under the hood for a release (I assume there's one) and manually pull it up.

All the doors just take are a quick button push. The liftgate has a button or foot activation with a power opening. But the frunk hood is manual.

I suspect the frunk will just become long-term storage and/or infrequently-used spare cargo space.
Hm, I guess I see mine differently. But then I live in a different climate.
 

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There is not a second release under the hood. It's been shown in multiple videos.
Well that helps a little. Removes one step. Still though, without just a button right at the hood to hit, it's gonna be less convenient to open than the doors or the liftgate.

Ironically, that's one downside of not using an actual key to start cars anymore. I used to always have key fob in hand approaching the car when a key was needed, so it was easy to hit a fob button. But now I have to go fishing in my pocket to find it. And opening a phone app (often in bright sun approaching the car) can be a bit of a pain.

I know, first world problems. 😎
 

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Well that helps a little. Removes one step. Still though, without just a button right at the hood to hit, it's gonna be less convenient to open than the doors or the liftgate.

Ironically, that's one downside of not using an actual key to start cars anymore. I used to always have key fob in hand approaching the car when a key was needed, so it was easy to hit a fob button. But now I have to go fishing in my pocket to find it. And opening a phone app (often in bright sun approaching the car) can be a bit of a pain.

I know, first world problems. 😎
You can still use the key fob.
 

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Yeah you know I had always anticipated using it as my primary trunk, but now that you say that I guess all the things I usually have rolling around in the trunk I‘d put up there. Car cleaning supplies emergency kits and things like that.

I still wish under the trunk load floor was more usable, I’d really prefer to put everything there and have the trunk available as well as the front for quicker access. Take out should totally go there, no grease stains.
We put one of these in the back of our Escape. I'll probably move it to the Mach-E now. We use it mainly to keep groceries and stuff from rolling about much. We shop Costco and Sams Club a lot, so everything is loose. Should be the perfect width for the MME cargo area too.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0881LCNFH/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

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You can still use the key fob.
I always have 2 in my pocket though, with keys (and currently a mini bottle of Purell). So it's just enough of a chore to sort through and find the right one.

But I know that's a "problem" of my own doing. 😬
 

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Well that helps a little. Removes one step. Still though, without just a button right at the hood to hit, it's gonna be less convenient to open than the doors or the liftgate.

Ironically, that's one downside of not using an actual key to start cars anymore. I used to always have key fob in hand approaching the car when a key was needed, so it was easy to hit a fob button. But now I have to go fishing in my pocket to find it. And opening a phone app (often in bright sun approaching the car) can be a bit of a pain.

I know, first world problems. 😎
I bet it's just a habit thing. You will develop a new habit when you have this car. instead of reaching for the key, you will automatically be holding the phone in your hand. You will be surprised how quickly that can shift for you.
 

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Hm, I guess I see mine differently. But then I live in a different climate.
Part of it too is that we're already used to the wonderful foot-activated power liftgate in out Escapes. Those are GREAT. So I suspect we'll just keep doing what we're used for placing most things on a frequent basis. We never even touch the button.
 

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I bet it's just a habit thing. You will develop a new habit when you have this car. instead of reaching for the key, you will automatically be holding the phone in your hand. You will be surprised how quickly that can shift for you.
I usually have phone in hand or pocket, but opening the app and getting to the right screen may be more trouble than it's worth. And sometimes my hands are full. Also, the phone can be hard to see in bright sun.

Maybe there will be a dedicated widget button for the frunk. That would help a little. Just a single press after unlocking the phone.

Even then though, I don't think the frunk will be nearly as convenient as the power liftgate. Stuff is more accessible in the back too (the frunk is more of a lean over and get down into the bottom thing, while the rear cargo area is more open and easy to access).
 

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I'm used to my charger. I have my fob in my pocket and grabbing the door handle unlocks it (as long as fob is nearby). I hope the ME will be similar, and don't need to get anything out as long as the fob is near I can press the button on the vehicle to unlock it. I'm care far less about the frunk as it will not be used daily.
 

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I'm used to my charger. I have my fob in my pocket and grabbing the door handle unlocks it (as long as fob is nearby). I hope the ME will be similar, and don't need to get anything out as long as the fob is near I can press the button on the vehicle to unlock it. I'm care far less about the frunk as it will not be used daily.
Our Escapes are the same. Just put your hand inside the handle and it unlocks automatically (if the fob is near).

The door button is supposed to be the same on the MME. As long as the fob is near, or the paired phone.
 

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I'm afraid the frunk is going to be more trouble than it's worth most of the time. Sounds like it'll be pretty much like opening the hood of the car, or the trunk of a sedan. The edges will probably be dirty, and it's more effort to either pull the inside release first, or fish for the fob in my pocket, or open the phone app. Then fish under the hood for a release (I assume there's one) and manually pull it up.
There is not a second release under the hood. It's been shown in multiple videos.
So the way it works is you have to pull the inside lever twice to open the frunk. I guess that's how they get away with not having a release under the frunk because it is double latched. Each pull undoes one.

Interesting though because the instrument cluster says "hood open" not "frunk open".
 

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So the way it works is you have to pull the inside lever twice to open the frunk. I guess that's how they get away with not having a release under the frunk because it is double latched. Each pull undoes one.

Interesting though because the instrument cluster says "hood open" not "frunk open".
While you're driving to the big game, having the hood open is going to be a much bigger deal than having the wings go airborne from the open frunk.
 



 









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