Audi has announced a new base version of the 2017 Audi Q7 SUV. This new base version of the vehicle comes with a 2.0L TFSI turbo four-cylinder engine. Despite giving up two cylinders to the 2015 Q7 3.0T V6, the new turbo four is faster, lighter, and more fuel efficient than the old version.
The 2.0L Q7 is nearly 500 pounds lighter than the predecessor, reaches 60mph half a second faster, and has a 22% better fuel economy. The 2.0L turbo four makes 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The Q7 comes standard with Quattro all-wheel drive and has a 4400 pound towing capacity with the optional towing package.
The engine is paired with an 8-speed tiptronic transmission. The 2.0L turbo Q7 will start shipping in early 2017 with the Premium version starting at $49,000 and the Premium Plus starting at $53,000. A number of options for infotainment and safety are available that will drive prices up significantly. The new Q7 retains the same outer dimensions, but gains interior space thanks to a revamp on the inside.