Audi AI:TRAIL Quattro, a pod-like, self-driving off-roader

In recent times, Audi has presented numerous electrical prototypes that anticipated the arrival of various production models for the coming years. From the e-tron Sportback and e-tron GT to the most recent Q4 e-tron, the truth is that the four-ring brand has been setting up an attractive family of concept cars that allow us to visualize a more than interesting range of electric vehicles.

Now, the German automaker has unveiled on the occasion of the Frankfurt Motor Show – the AI:TRAIL Quattro Concept. This vehicle is Audi’s vision of off-road vehicles, a type of car that is increasingly difficult to find in our market.

It provides a range of between 248 and 310 miles on roads or “easy off-road terrain” at a single charge.
It provides a range of between 248 and 310 miles on roads or “easy off-road terrain” at a single charge. Credit: Audi

This futuristic, buggy-style four-door vehicle is very spacious thanks to a powertrain completely electric, in addition to autonomous, which will improve your safety and effectiveness in off-road driving.

The AI:TRAIL Quattro has an electric motor per wheel for a driveshaft-free all-wheel-drive, with the large lithium-ion battery located under the floor. That means This allows maximizing the interior space even though it is barely 13.5-feet (4.15 meters) long, 7.05-feet (2.15 meters) wide. It rides on massive 22-inch wheels with 33.5-inch off-road tires. The ground clearance is 13.4 inches (34 centimeters) and the vehicle can ford through the water more than half a meter (1.6 ft) deep.

The vehicle can ford through water more than half a meter (1.6 ft) deep.
The vehicle can ford through water more than half a meter (1.6 ft) deep. Credit: Audi

The battery provides a range of between 248 and 310 miles (400 to 500 kilometers) on roads or “easy off-road terrain” (measured by the WLTP). And in case of extreme off-road surfaces, where energy consumption is higher, that figure can drop to 155 miles (250 km) at a single charge.

The combined system output is 429 horsepower (320 kilowatts) with a maximum torque of 738 pound-feet (1,000 Newton-meters). The AI:Trail Quattro has the top speed of modest 81 mph (130 km/h).

The cabin is worthy of a large saloon, and even has elements such as a front trunk or a removable roof rack.
The cabin is worthy of a large saloon, and even has elements such as a front trunk or a removable roof rack. Credit: Audi

The materials used in its construction are extremely strong and lightweight, with steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber, which allows this self-driving off-roader to achieve a final weight of just 1,750 kg despite its electrical nature.

Moreover, the driver can choose autonomous driving level 3 (on forest roads) or 4 (on paved streets). On rough terrain, though, the driver still needs to drive.

Source:Audi

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