Audi continues to revamp its lineup with visual and tech changes coming in at an insane pace. We recently learned the all-new 2017 Audi Q7 gains yet another enhancement in the form of a new, more fuel-efficient engine.
Initially, the Q7 arrived with a retuned 3.0-liter V-6 engine that cranked out 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. This is a boost of 53 horsepower and 30 pound-feet relative to the base V-6 in the last-gen Q7. Now, Audi has just announced a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the new Q7.
This new engine will deliver a respectable 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, putting it well below the output of the last-generation base model. Despite its lower power, the Q7 with this engine will actually hit 60 mph in 7.2 seconds – a half-second quicker than the 2015 Q7 3.0T. What’s more, its fuel economy will be 4 mpg higher at 22 mpg combined. On top of all that, this engine still affords the Q7 a 4,400-pound towing capacity.
What makes this all possible is the 500 pounds of heft that the Q7 will drop in the new model year.
With this smaller engine also comes a smaller price tag, as it checks in at $49,000 in its base Premium trim and $53,000 in the Prestige trim. This makes it $5,800 less than the 2017 Q7 3.0T and just $700 more than the 2015 Q7 3.0T’s base MSRP.
Audi will have the 2017 Q7 2.0T on showroom floors in early 2017.