Audi’s AI:TRAIL quattro Is An Off-Road Concept Out Of This World

Audi has pulled the wraps off the AI:TRAIL quattro concept, an electric off-roader study that combines automated driving with superb capabilities off the beaten track.

The lunar rover-looking concept is apparently previewing some of the design changes Audi has in mind for its future SUV models. The AI:TRAIL is the fourth member of Audi’s AI concept series, which begun with the 2017 Aicon.

The new Audi concept features four electric motors, one assigned to each wheel, with a combined output of 429 HP (435 PS) and 737 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) of torque. There are no differentials and locks, as you would assume, as the EV powertrain controls individually each motor depending on driving driving conditions..

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Audi doesn’t specify the capacity of the onboard battery pack but says that the stated driving range is between 248 to 310 miles (400 to 500km) on paved roads or 155 miles (250 km) on rough ground. Top speed is limited to 80 mph (130 km/h).

Of course the concept’s highlight isn’t the hardware hidden underneath but the choices made for its bodywork; Audi opted for a helicopter-style all-round visibility, offering passengers an unobstructed view outside both in front and to the sides. The transparent panels on the front and sides make wonders on that frontier, as does the roof which is made almost entirely from glass.

The dashboard is free of any displays of its own; instead it uses the driver’s smartphone, which is attached on the steering column as a display and control center of the vehicle’s functions and navigation system. The no-screens policy inside the AI:Trail enabled Audi to give it a lower dash, further enhancing the visibility outwards.

The concept has a similar length with the Audi Q3, measuring 4.15 meters (13.5 ft) long and 2.15 meters (7.05 ft) wide. Ground clearance is set at 34 cm (13.4 inches), meaning it can ford through water more than half a meter (1.6 ft) deep.

Perhaps the wackiest feature of the Audi AI:TRAIL is that it doesn’t feature traditional headlights; instead it makes use of five, rotorless drones fitted with matrix LED elements. The driver could have them docked on the roof rack or have them fly ahead of the vehicle and illuminate the road. The drones also feature cameras than can transmit the image to the smartphone display in front of the driver.

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  • Puddingpopper

    You mean to tell me this thing goes out on the trail and the occupants can’t open a window?

    • Porkopolis

      Mars only.

      • Puddingpopper

        Does Elon know about this???

        • Bash

          He is still recovering from the two hits he got recently. 1) Taycan 2) EQS.

    • Rzrlf

      yea, nah going outside sucks

  • neat.

  • Bash

    Can I replace that Samsung with my IPhone?

  • Tom

    …indeed, they have a hangover… after diesel gate ??

  • Thunderbolt

    my groins itch today, can anyone recommend medication?

  • Tinky-Winky

    That would be a proper rival to BMW X6.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I prefer it if they had followed a more traditional off-roader such as the G-wagon concept but this is not too bad. I like that they’re pushing the concept of greater visibility, lower hood, and having larger window real-estate.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Irrelevant but I still like it.

  • Harry_Wild

    Now we are talking SUV manly looks! mThis will be abig hit for those who want a tough guy image as well as some tough ladies. Perfect for the luxury shopping malls.

  • Hoe

    looking desperately to call everyone’s attention

  • Bill Nguyen

    Man, even Halo Warthogs are environmentally friendly now!

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