Audi AI: Trail Quattro Makes Offroad More Futuristic

Audi AI:TRAIL quattro

When integrated with the AI:TRAIL's navigation system, it is capable of projecting directional symbols and even written information onto a route and thereby helping AI:TRAIL users to find their way around when hiking. The windshield and the rear windows can be lowered at a push of a button, and the rear seats are made of mesh that you can detach from the framing as use as a hammock.

The third in the series, the Audi AI:ME - introduced at the 2019 Auto Shanghai show - is an autonomous city vehicle aimed at megacities all over the world.

The glass surrounding the cabin extends all the way to ground level, providing all-round visibility. The ample battery capacity ensures sufficient range even away from dense networks of charging stations, promises Audi.

The "Trail" part of the name evokes the idea of exploring nature.

As the fourth member of the AI concept family, the new Audi AI:TRAIL quattro is a fully electric off-roader with level-4 autonomy. It allows its passengers to stop worrying about the stop-and-go traffic that is inevitable in urban areas, claims Audi, offering them ideal connectivity and a comprehensive range of infotainment services.

Finally, with the AI:TRAIL, Audi is now opening up the potential applications for its visionary vehicles to include off-road terrain.

The futuristic utility vehicle features a pod-like passenger compartment mounted on top of a flat chassis that houses its battery pack and the 429 hp four-motor all-wheel-drive system for its exposed tires.

Audi AI:TRAIL quattro
Audi AI: Trail Quattro Makes Offroad More Futuristic

The Audi AI: Trail has a length of 4.15 meters (13.5 ft) and a width of 2.15 meters (7.05 ft), The 1.67 meters (5.5 ft) roof and the enormous 22-inch wheels with 850 mm (33.5 in) tires increase the off-road capabilities of the vehicle.

The Audi AI:TRAIL is designed for driving on roads up to level 4 - the second-highest level on a standardized worldwide scale for increasing automation. Being lightweight and having maximum body stiffness is quite important for off-roaders, which is why the body of the Audi AI:TRAIL is made of a mixture of high-tech steel, aluminium and carbon fibre. This gives the auto weight of just 1750kg, including the battery pack.

The on-road performance specifications for the Audi AI:TRAIL is markedly different from conventional automobiles, as the car's development was not about achieving remarkably quick acceleration or hitting breathtaking speeds on the highway.

Given that the AI:TRAIL is intended for use in areas without charging infrastructure, the thing that really draws the attention is its range.

The windscreen wraps around the front of the vehicle like the cockpit of a helicopter. Powered by a lithium-ion battery, the AI: Trail is expected to offer a maximum driving range of up to 500kms (depending on the terrain). Electronics coordinate driving stability and traction.

Trail is equipped with the company's signature Quattro system.

The concept features four electric motors which can work together to generate a maximum of 320kW of power and 1000Nm of torque.


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