Audi has announced that a new 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder gasoline unit will make its way into the 2017 Q7 range in the USA, with sales scheduled to commence early next year.
According to the Germans, the new Q7 2.0 TFSI is faster, lighter and 22% more efficient than the previous generation 2015 Q7 3.0T V6 model, needing half a second less in order to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) from a stand still – 7.1 seconds vs 7.7 seconds.
The revamped 2.0 TFSI engine packs 252 HP and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque, and is mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox with quattro all-wheel drive sending power to all four wheels.
Also, by making improvements to the exhaust manifold integration, valvelift system and by using innovative thermal management, Audi managed to bring fuel consumption down to an EPA-estimated 22 mpg (10.7l/100km) city/highway combined.
Though lighter than the previous generation model by 500 lbs (226 kg), the 2.0-liter turbocharged 2017 Q7 still boasts a 4,400 lbs (2.2 tonnes) towing capacity, as long as it comes with the optional towing package.
You can get into the 2017 Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI from $49,000, while buyers looking for better specs can go for the Premium Plus version which starts from $53,000, with both prices excluding a $950 destination charge. Compared to the more powerful 2017 Q7 3.0 TFSI in Premium trim, the new 2.0-liter version costs $5,800 less.