Audi AI:Trail quattro concept revealed at Frankfurt auto show

Unlike most luxury automakers, Audi has a history that’s steeped in dirt, gravel, and mud. The automaker splashed onto the global stage in the early 1980s by dominating the World Rally Championship with its quattro all-wheel-drive system—a signature element that remains part of its lineup to this day.

But what does a future of self-driving cars and electrification hold for Audi’s off-road expertise? That question was (at least partly) answered on Tuesday at the Frankfurt International Motor Show with the unveiling of the AI:Trail quattro concept.

The concept’s overall look can best be described as autonomous pod meets SUV. The front and rear ends are blunt, which should provide excellent approach and departure angles—a must have for any serious off-road vehicle. The mid-section is more pod-like with four-doors and a massive greenhouse. The body line dips down in the middle to create large windows for lots of outward visibility.