Here’s something I discovered yesterday: The Audi Q7 — a noted 5,000-pound SUV capable of carrying seven human beings and pelting them with sound through 19 speakers hidden throughout its luxury-lined cabin — will soon come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. What is this, Europe? See the 2017 Audi Q7 models for sale near you
It’s true. In an effort to cultivate a lower entry price than the Q7’s current MSRP of $55,800 with shipping, Audi will soon offer the Q7 with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that will put out 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque — respectable numbers, until you consider the fact that the Q7 weighs roughly the same as two male giraffes. In terms that make sense, it’s just under 5,000 pounds, though Audi claims it’ll dip to 4,500 pounds with the new engine.
Interestingly, however, Audi claims this 2.0-liter turbocharged Q7 won’t be slow. In fact — presumably because they anticipated that people would be concerned about a 3-row SUV using the same engine as a Volkswagen Jetta — Audi has already announced that the 2.0-liter turbo Q7 will be a half-second quicker to 60 miles per hour than the outgoing base model. That would place its 0-to-60 time at just a shade over 7 seconds — which, I must admit, isn’t so bad.
Of course, it’ll also be more efficient, averaging 22 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. That’s an improvement over the 21 mpg of today’s base model, which uses a 333-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V6. And most importantly, the new engine will get the Q7’s base price down, giving it a starting MSRP that’s probably right around $51,000. That’ll make it the value leader among larger European luxury SUVs, cheaper than the BMW X5 ($56,500), the Mercedes-Benz GLE ($53,000), the Range Rover Sport ($66,000) and the Mercedes-Benz GLS ($67,900).
There’s no word yet if there will be an X5 1.6T to follow, which would then force Audi to double down and create a Q7 0.9T, followed by a Mercedes GLE040 with a 0.4-liter engine, until we get to a point where all of these vehicles are simply powered by the same motor that lifts up your garage door. Find a 2017 Audi Q7 for sale