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.
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.
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2017 AUDI Q7 NOW AVAILABLE WITH 2.0-LITER TFSI® TURBO-CHARGED FOUR-CYLINDER ENGINE
2017 Audi Q7 with 2.0T engine is faster, lighter and more efficient than the previous generation 2015 Q7 3.0T V6
New 2.0T variant can sprint from 0-60 mph a half-second faster, offers a 22 percent improvement in EPA-estimated fuel economy and has a curb weight nearly 500 pounds lighter than its predecessor
The 2017 Audi Q7 comes standard equipped with quattro® all-wheel drive and seating for up to seven passengers
Audi of America today announced the new 2.0-liter TFSI® four-cylinder engine will now be offered on 2017 Audi Q7 models. This new model, when equipped with the 2.0-liter engine, is faster, lighter and more efficient than the previous generation Q7 3.0T V6.
With 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, the Q7 with 2.0T engine reaches 60 mph a half-second faster than the previous generation 2015 Q7 3.0T V6 model. The Q7, with standard seating for up to seven passengers and quattro® all-wheel drive, is 22 percent more fuel efficient, with an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/highway combined. And while it is nearly 500 pounds lighter than the previous model, the Q7 2.0T has 4,400 pounds of towing capacity, with the optional towing package.
The redesigned 2.0T engine stands out for its exceptional driving dynamics and efficiency. Enhancements to the exhaust manifold integration, improvements to the Audi valvelift system and the use of innovative thermal management, all help to reduce fuel consumption and improve overall engine efficiency.
The Q7 with 2.0T engine is a more accessible luxury SUV option, offering a robust level of standard and available equipment such as full-LED headlights, and benchmark connectivity and infotainment including a full-suite of advanced driver assistance systems.
Eight-speed Tiptronic® with quattro® all-wheel drive
252 hp @ 5,000-6,000
273 lb-ft @ 1,600-4,500
Carrying over from the 3.0-liter engine, the Q7’s eight-speed Tiptronic® transmission melds efficiency with dynamic shifting characteristics to help optimize fuel consumption. Improved handling and comfort enhancements have been made possible through the reduced unsprung weight of lightweight aluminum control arm components and revised elastokinematic attributes.
While the exterior dimensions have remained similar to the outgoing model, all 2017 Q7 models offer substantially more interior space – with more headroom, legroom and shoulder room in the second and third rows. The Q7 also offers the latest MMI and infotainment options including Bose 3D Sound System and the available Audi virtual cockpit which helps make viewing and navigating via the large Google Map images supported with 4G LTE (where available) easier on the driver’s eyes.
In addition to infotainment and connectivity features, the advanced Q7 driver assistance systems are designed to help drivers navigate the road and traffic with confidence. Standard Audi pre sense® city, an automatic emergency braking system, can detect stationary vehicles and pedestrians and if necessary, initiating full braking at speeds of up to 52 mph when a potential collision is detected. Available adaptive cruise control with stop & go automatically maintains distance from the vehicle in front, including braking and accelerating. Between 0-40 mph, traffic jam assist combines acceleration, braking and steering guidance, which can help take the stress out of driving in congested traffic.
Model year 2017 Q7 with available 2.0-liter engine starting manufacturer suggested retail prices; on sale early 2017.
2017 Q7 2.0T quattro®
Prices above exclude destination charge ($950), taxes, title, options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.
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Always pay careful attention to the road, and do not drive while distracted.
Driver assistance features are not substitutes for attentive driving. See Owner’s Manual for further details, and important limitations.
Where stated, fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors including your driving habits and vehicle condition.
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