Why Audi didn’t launch the 2017 Q7 with its new 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder, we’re not sure. It hasn’t been on the market long and a friend of mine waited several months for hers to arrive stateside in September. But offer it Audi will, beginning in early 2017.
The new redesigned 2.0T is lighter, faster and more fuel efficient than the 3.0-liter V6 currently under the hood. The 2.0T makes 252-horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It’s faster than the previous generation engine by half a second. The engine is mated to Audi’s carryover eight-speed Tiptronic transmission.
Audi also says the seven-seater with the 2.0T is 22 percent more fuel efficient. We’re talking 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.
Overall, Audi says enhancements to the engine’s 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 efficiency.
The 2017 Q7 with 2.0T offers available equipment such as full-LED headlights, and benchmark connectivity and infotainment including a full-suite of advanced driver assistance systems.
The bottom line is that if a faster, more fuel efficient SUV is a factor for you, we’d suggest holding off until the new 2.0T arrives under the Q7’s hood in early 2017.