Audi Q7 gets new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine

Thanks to lightweight construction, the 2.0 TFSI variant is a half second quicker to 60 mph than the previous-generation 3.0T V6 model.

Audi is bringing its latest 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine to the new Q7 crossover.

The downsized turbocharged mill boasts 252 horsepower from 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque from 1,600 rpm to 4,500 rpm. The new engine is said to be faster, lighter and more fuel efficient than the previous-generation 3.0T V6.

Taking full advantage of available power, the redesigned Q7 is nearly 500 pounds lighter than the outgoing model. Audi claims the new 2.0-liter package is a half second quicker to 60 mph.

The EPA has not yet posted full fuel-efficiency figures for the new powertrain, but Audi promises a 22-percent improvement in fuel economy and a 22-mpg combined rating.

The 2.0-liter mill is also more affordable than the new V6 edition, bringing the Q7's base price back into line with the outgoing entry-level trim. The 'Premium' trim will fetch $49,950 (including $950 freight) when it arrives early next year, a savings of $5,800 below the V6 and just $700 above the 2016 base price.

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