Buyers save nearly $6,000 by choosing the less powerful engine.

In early 2017, Audi Q7 buyers in the United States will have a choice of a smaller engine under the hood because the German automaker will add its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder to the powertrain range. Choosing the lower displacement powerplant will knock a few grand off the price and will likely offer marginally better fuel economy.

The 2.0T will produce 252 horsepower (188 kilowatts) and 273 pound-feet of torque (369 Newton-meters) in the Q7. The engine will only be available with an eight-speed automatic and Quattro all-wheel drive, and it will return an estimated 22 miles per gallon combined fuel economy (city and highway numbers aren’t yet available) in the seven-passenger crossover. It will also be able to haul 4,400 pounds with the optional towing package.

2015 Audi Q7
2015 Audi Q7
2015 Audi Q7

Prices for the 2.0T will start at $49,950, including $950 destination, for the base Premium trim. The higher-spec Premium Plus model will sell for $53,950. The four-cylinder Q7 will arrive at Audi dealers in the U.S early next year. Customers will also be able to order options like full LED headlights and driver assistance systems, but Audi won’t release pricing for these additional amenities yet.

Customers considering the Q7 will need to consider whether the lower-output engine is worth the considerable cost savings. The supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that’s currently available is good for 333 hp (248 kW) and 325 lb-ft (440 Nm).  The EPA estimates its fuel economy at 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. So depending where owners drive most, the two engines will return similar mileage overall mileage figures.

However, the Q7 3.0T starts at $55,750 for the Premium trim, which is $5,800 more than the comparable version with the 2.0T. The price difference is the same when comparing the Premium Plus models. The larger engine is also available in the range-topping Prestige trim for $65,250 that comes standard with amenities like full LED headlights, four-zone climate control, 12-way power seats and an upgraded stereo.

Source: Audi

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