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Audi AI:Trail concept is one rugged EV

Concept car or Mars lunar rover? You decide.

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The AI:Trail off-road concept EV has just debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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This aluminum, carbon-fiber and steel buggy features Level 4 self-driving hardware and all-electric drive.

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The AI:Trail features a very airy and hyper-modern interior for four, with front shell-like chairs and rear hammock-light seating.

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Note the yoke-style steering wheel, which has a column mount for a smartphone-based gauge cluster.

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Audi says the AI:Trail has 33.5-inch tires and 13.4 inches of ground clearance.

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The AI:Trail features a pod-like cabin that features rear-hinged back doors.

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The AI:Trail is the fourth in Audi's series of AI concept cars.

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The AI:Trail features a network of five drones that act as headlights to illuminate the trail ahead.

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Audi says the AI:Trail's lithium-ion battery pack is good for around 250 to 310 miles (on Europe's more lenient WLTP cycle), though overlanding on rough surfaces can drop that figure to 155 miles.

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Audi says the AI:Trail features four electric motors to yield a total of 740 pound-feet of torque. Horsepower has not been revealed.

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These 33.5-inch custom tires ride on 22-inch wheels.

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The AI:Trail is incredibly cool, but it also seems incredibly unlikely for production -- with or without the mooted self-driving hardware.

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