Audi Adds 2.0T Engine to 2017 Q7 In Absence of TDI
Quicker Claimed Acceleration Than Last-Generation 3.0T Model
The Volkswagen Group’s TDI turbodiesel engines were once a staple of the company’s powertrain lineup across its brands, delivering a compelling combination of power and efficiency. However, going forward, don’t expect to see TDI engines in Volkswagen or Audi’s U.S. lineup. The TDI was especially popular in Audi’s fullsize Q7 luxury crossover, by some reports accounting for as much as 30 percent of sales. To fill the TDI’s place in the Q7 lineup, Audi is adding its 2.0L turbocharged, direct-injected I-4 engine as the entry-level engine for the large SUV. As in other Audi models, output is 252 hp and 273 hp. In the 2017 Q7, the engine will be mated exclusively to the eight-speed automatic transmission.
Official EPA city and highway fuel economy numbers have not been released, but Audi is claiming a 22 percent improvement over the previous-generation V-6 powered Q7. The 2017 Q7 is also available with the 3.0T supercharged V-6, which is rated at 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. Prices for the 2017 Q7 with the 2.0T start at $49,950 on the Premium model and $53,940. Towing capacity for the 2.0T model is 4,400 pounds. The 2017 Audi Q7 2.0T will go on sale in early 2017.