Trail concept is an off-road EV with drones for headlights

“The design is more than just a shape, it’s an attitude,” said Marc Lichte Audi’s head designer.

No word on things like range or battery size. Of course, it’s a concept car, so none of these numbers really matter all that much. What’s important is that hopefully, Audi takes some design and powertrain cues from the A: Trail and builds something like it. Sure the Q line is nice, but it’s not exactly what you would call rugged.

To remind us that we probably won’t see it in showrooms anytime soon, Audi added some weird features to the vehicle.

“We replaced the headlights with five drones that fly ahead and illuminate the road,” Lichte said. While trusting drones to keep you on the road in the dead of night seems sort of insane and will never make it into production, it’s still a fun way to look at the world.

Meanwhile, the rear seats are a hammock. Another crazy idea but one that’s a bit more comfortable for passengers.

To keep the fun theme moving, Audi also announced that its E-Tron electric scooter (the push kind not the “Vespa” kind) will launch next year. I rode one in Los Angeles and it was fun, but also a bit scary because Los Angeles’ downtown traffic is very aggressive.

Sure Audi is about performance and luxury, but I’m digging the fun angle they’re showing off at the Frankfurt show.

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