Starting early 2017, the new Audi Q7 will be available with the new 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine that makes it not only faster but also lighter and more efficient than the 3.0T-powered Q7 of the previous generation. Aside from better fuel efficiency, this new powertrain would mean savings of a few thousand dollars from the price tag of the new 2017 Audi Q7. The 2017 Audi Q7 2.0 T Quattro starts at $49,000 for the Premium trim and at $53,000 for the Premium Plus level.
This new turbocharged 2.0T engine provides up to 252 hp of output available between 5,000 rpm and 6,000 rpm, and up to 273 lb-ft of torque available between 1,600 rpm and 4,500 rpm. The four-cylinder engine is mated to the eight-speed Tiptronic transmission with quattro all-wheel drive.
Compared to the previous generation 2015 Audi Q7 3.0T V6 model, the 2017 Audi Q7 2.0T could reach the speed of 60 mph (from standstill) around half a second faster while delivering 22 percent better fuel efficiency. In fact, the new 2017 Audi Q7 2.0T is expected to boast an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 22 mpg city/highway and combined.
The improved overall efficiency and lower fuel consumption of the new 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine can be attributed to the fact that its Audi valvelift system and the exhaust manifold integration have been vastly enhanced while innovative thermal management has been widely employed. Audi’s eight-speed Tiptronic transmission helps optimize fuel consumption by fusing efficiency with dynamic shifting attributes. In addition, the revised elasto-kinematic characteristics and reduced unsprung weight of lightweight aluminum control arm components have allowed the new 2017 Q7 to exhibit a whole new level of handling and comfort.
Thanks to an array of measures aimed at saving weight, the new 2017 Audi Q7 2.0T is around 500 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Despite that, when equipped with the optional towing package, the Q7 2.0T boasts of around 4,400 pounds of towing capacity while still being able to accommodate seven passengers comfortably and luxuriously.
Although the new 2017 Audi Q7 features exterior dimensions similar to its predecessor, it offers more cabin room. In fact, when compared to its predecessor, the 2017 Audi Q7 has more headroom, shoulder room and legroom in the second and third rows. Customers could further make their ride more conveniently luxurious by availing of the latest MMI and infotainment options like the available Audi virtual cockpit and the Bose 3D Sound System.
It is also laden with a number of advanced driver assistance systems like the standard Audi pre sense city, which is an automatic emergency braking system that could detect stationary vehicles and pedestrians. This system could also employ full braking at speeds of up to 52 mph as soon as it detects that an imminent collision would happen. Traffic jam assist helps relieve drivers become less stressful on the road.
In addition, the adaptive cruise control with stop & go feature could automatically maintain distance from the vehicle in front. Drivers may also avail of optional features for the Audi Q7 2.0T like full-LED headlights, and standard connectivity, infotainment and advanced driver assistance systems.