Audi goes off-road with its latest AI family member, the AI:TRAIL quattro unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show
The German manufacturer was presenting two world debuts this year at in Frankfurt. One of them was the Audi RS 7 Sportback and the other was the AI:TRAIL quattro.
The “Off-Roader of the Future” as Audi calls it, is the latest and last member of the AI family the carmaker built. The Audi Aicon, AI:ME, AI:RACE and the AI:TRAIL were a series of concept cars with an electric drive system. The first one, the Aicon, was unveiled in 2017 in Frankfurt. This year, the four of them shares the show floor of where it all began.
The Audi AI:TRAIL quattro is, as stated above, a fully electric and has very good off-road capabilities. The four-seater is surrounded by glass and has no real dashboard to increase the field of view when off-roading.
“With the AI:TRAIL, we are showing an off-road concept with an emissions-free electric drive for an innovative driving experience away from paved roads,” said Marc Lichte, Audi’s Head of Design. “Consistent with this, we designed a monolithic basic vehicle body with maximum glazing to create an intense connection to the surroundings. A concept for sustainable mobility on demand.”
Audi didn’t disclosed the battery size of the AI:TRAIL but the range is 400 to 500 kilometers on roads or mild off-road terrains. In rougher terrain, though, the range drops to 250 kilometers.
While the Audi AI:TRAIL is not geared to hit the Autobahn, it still has plenty of power to match its off-roading capabilities. The concept, equipped with four electric motors, as power output of 320 kW(435 hp) and 1,000 Nm (737.6 lb-ft) of torque. That being said, the has a maximum speed of 130 km/h.