Published on October 7th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair0
Audi Q7 Now Available in 2.0 TFSI quattro Form
Almost one year after the launch of the Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI with a supercharged V6 petrol engine, comes the introduction of the Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI quattro, combining a 2.0-litre four-cylinder, in-line petrol engine with the quattro permanent all-wheel drive available on its larger-engined stablemate.
On the outside, the Audi Q7 2.0 quattro is identical with the 3-litre variant with the exception of having 19” 5 V-spoke design alloy wheels, instead of 20” cast aluminium wheels. Showcasing the refined Audi Q design language that is sculpted and muscular, the front of the vehicle is especially eye-catching with a bold Singleframe grille as well as LED headlights and signature LED daytime running lights forming a distinctive double arrow pattern.
Powering the Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI quattro is a 2.0 litre TFSI engine that incorporates a 4-cylinder in-line petrol engine with direct fuel injection and exhaust gas turbocharging as well as an 8-speed tiptronic transmission that develops a maximum output of 252 hp and a maximum torque of 370 Nm between a range of 1,600 and 4,500 rpm. With this configuration, the Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI quattro accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 7.1 seconds, a full 0.8 seconds faster than the previous generation’s 3.0 TFSI variant of the Audi Q7. Despite its sporty capabilities, the new Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI quattro has a frugal fuel consumption rating of just 7.4l/100 km and a CO2 emissions rating of just 172 g/km.
The agile handling dynamics and fuel-sipping characteristics of the Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI are especially remarkable for a large premium SUV with the largest interior in its class and are as a result of a weight reduction of approximately 325 kilogrammes from the previous generation. This benefit comes from courtesy of Audi’s strict adherence to the principle of lightweight construction including the usage of intelligent multi-material design and the strategic deployment of aluminium components.
The all-new Audi Q7 has also been engineered to provide a cosseting and comfortable experience with adaptive air suspension as standard, uniting air suspension with a continuously variable electronically controlled air spring damper system that ensures comfort, dynamic handling and that the vehicle will always remain level, regardless of the load distribution.
In addition to the standard Auto, Dynamic, Efficiency, Comfort and Individual settings, the Audi drive select in the Q7 2.0 TFSI quattro also features an Allroad mode which prepares the vehicle for mixed terrain by lifting the ride height by 25 mm and Lift/Offroad mode which prepares the SUV to go far off the beaten track by raising the right height to the maximum of 60 mm. On the other end of the spectrum, there is a convenient loading mode, which lowers the rear axle by 45 mm in order to increase accessibility to the luggage compartment coming in handy whatever you’re loading, be it groceries or furniture.
Upon entry, the Audi Q7 is a luxurious lounge for up to seven people, with electrically adjustable front seats with four-way lumbar support, a generously apportioned second row with ample leg room and a versatile electrically-operated third row of 50:50 split seats that can be folded down to increase the cargo space from an already spacious 770 litres to a cavernous 1955 litres. Front seat passengers are greeted with finely crafted dashboard featuring a two-tone inlay featuring an upper inlay in silver grey with a diamond finish and a lower inlay in anthracite with an anodised finish.
With a 4-spoke steering wheel with multifunction plus and shift paddles providing an executive yet sporty interface with the vehicle, the inside of the Audi Q7 is truly a dynamic place to be. The Audi MMI navigation plus with MMI touch infotainment system that forms the nerve centre of the vehicle can be accessed either via the 8.3” central screen with high-resolution graphics also rises automatically from the dashboard upon engine ignition or through the driver information system (DIS) that is built into the driver instrument cluster, providing easy control of the vehicle’s navigation, infotainment and telephone features. In terms of infotainment, the Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI quattro comes equipped with the Audi sound system featuring a 9-channel amplifier with 10 loudspeakers for a total output of 180 watts.
The new Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI quattro also comes packed with all the electronic and mechanical features that the 3 litre variant enjoys, including a start/stop system with energy recovery, tyre pressure loss indicator, hill descent control, Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) which includes Traction Control (ASR), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and a total of eight airbags.
The all-new Audi Q7 is offered in seven colour choices: Glacier White, Floret Silver, Argus Brown, Ink Blue, Graphite Grey, Orca Black and a special Daytona Grey with pearl effect. Available for booking at all authorised Audi dealerships immediately, the Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI quattro is CBU (completely built up) and priced from RM 524,900. This sporty SUV can also be specced with an optional S line package which includes sportier accoutrements on the exterior including the front and rear bumpers, diffusers, 20” cast aluminium wheels amongst other things as well as a more dynamic interior features such as an S line sports steering wheel, sport seats, special inlays and so on for an additional RM 15,000.