• 2017 Audi Q7 Gets New 2.0 Liter Four-Cylinder Engine

You’ll get better fuel economy, but less towing capacity and a higher entry-level price

The 2017 model year marked a couple of firsts for the Audi Q7. The most important of which was probably the introduction of the e-tron badge. The e-tron model takes the 3.0-liter TDI and a 94 kW electric motor to churn out 373 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The first hybridized diesel from Audi is also the most powerful engine available. On the other side of the spectrum, however, is this new 2.0-liter, gasoline-drinking, four-banger. As the first four—cylinder to be offered in the Q7, it can’t be compared to the power offering from the outgoing model, but Audi Claims it is 22-percent more fuel efficient that the 2015 model with the 3.0T V-6.

This new 2.0-liter is backed by Audi’s eight-speed Tiptronic transmission that carried over from the outgoing model. To help reduce fuel consumption, Audi enhanced the exhaust manifolds integration, made improvements to the Audi valvlift system, and introduced some sort of “innovated thermal management” system. All told, the Q7 with the 2.0T is said to have an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 22 mpg combined, is almost 500 pounds lighter that the outgoing 3.0T and can pull up to 4,400 pounds with the optional towing package.

The Q7 2.0T comes standard with Quattro all-wheel drive and will be available in Premium and Premium plus trim levels starting in early 2017. Pricing will be set at $49,000 for the Premium and will increase to $53,000 in Premium Plus form.

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Why it matters

Audi’s announcement about the new 2.0T includes a lot of PR talk, so let me break things down for you a little bit. The outgoing model achieved 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, or a combined rating 18 mpg according to fueleconomy.gov So, with this new model achieving a combined rating of 22 mpg, you’re getting 3 extra mpg combined. That doesn’t sound like much at first, but when you consider the Q7 has a 26.4-gallon fuel tank, you should get nearly 80 miles more out of a full tank with the new 2.0T. It can also hit the 60-second sprint a half second faster than the outgoing 3.0t, so expect to get there in 7.2 seconds instead of 7.7 seconds. On the other hand, it’s not all gravy here. Audi is boasting that 4,400-pound towing capacity like it’s amazing, when in all-reality, it’s down from the 5,500 pounds the outgoing 3.0T could pull with the same optional towing package. So, you get 3 extra mpg (assuming you do an equal amount of highway and city driving,) and 1,100 fewer pounds of towing capacity. Meanwhile, you’ll pay an extra $700 over the entry-level price of the outgoing model.

Type 3.0 TDI 3.0 TFSI 3.0 TDI 2.0 TFSI
Output 272 HP 333 HP 218 HP 252 HP
Torque 442 LB-FT 324.5 LB-FT 368.8 Lb-FT 272.9 LB-FT
0 - 100km/h (62 mph) 6.3 seconds 6.1 seconds TBA 7.2
Top speed 234 km/h (145.4 mph 250 km/h (155.3 mph) TBA TBA
Fuel consumption 41.3 US mpg 30.5 US mpg TBA 33 mpg (est)
CO2 emission 239.8 g/mi 288.1 g/mi TBA TBA

Read our full review on the 2017 Audi Q7 here.

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Press Release

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.

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.

Pricing Detail:
Model year 2017 Q7 with available 2.0-liter engine starting manufacturer suggested retail prices; on sale early 2017.


2017 Q7 2.0T quattro®
PREMIUM $49,000

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