Set to go on sale shortly, the 2020 Q7 45 TFSI features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 248 hp (185 kW / 251 PS) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque.
The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a quattro all-wheel drive system with active torque distribution. This setup enables the crossover to run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 6.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).
To put those numbers into perspective, the Q7 55 TFSI has a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that develops 335 hp (250 kW / 340 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. The extra power enables the model to run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 5.7 seconds and tow an extra 3,300 lbs (1,497 kg) when properly equipped.
While the entry-level model is down on performance, it’s a lot more affordable. Pricing starts at $54,800 which makes it $6,000 cheaper than the Q7 55 TFSI.
Despite the sizable price difference, there isn’t much that separates the two models other than the powertrain. As a result, even the base Q7 has LED lighting units, rain-sensing wipers, a power tailgate and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, there’s a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.1-inch infotainment system and an 8.6-inch lower display. Drivers will also find a power tilt / telescopic steering column, a tri-zone automatic climate control system and a panoramic sunroof. Other highlights include leather upholstery, wood trim and power folding third row seats.
Buyers looking for more luxury can order the Q7 45 TFSI Premium Plus which starts at $57,200. It adds a host of amenities including ambient LED interior lighting, a wireless smartphone charger and a 3D surround sound system. The model also has illuminated door sill plates, a surround view camera system and additional driver assistance systems.
Note: European model shown