Audi has expanded the 2020 Q7 lineup with a new entry-level model.
Back in June last year, the new Audi Q7 facelift was announced for Europe. Six months later, the US version was unveiled with a new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 producing 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, which is 44 more lb-ft than the previous engine. Now, Audi is expanding the 2020 Q7 lineup in America with a new entry-level 45 TFSI Quattro model with a cheaper starting price.
Under the hood, the entry-level 2020 Audi Q7 is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder TFSI engine delivering 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, matching the output of the outgoing model. With this setup, 0-62 mph takes 6.9 seconds. As standard, power is sent through a Quattro all-wheel drive system and an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission. When equipped with the optional tow package, the Audi Q7 45 TFSI has a 4,400-pound maximum towing capacity.
Aesthetically, the entry-level 2020 Audi Q7 boasts the same exterior enhancements as the 55 model including a large grille with vertical chrome slats and new standard LED headlights and LED taillights. Optional HD Matrix-design LED headlights with full LED taillights are also available. 19-inch 5-arm-star design wheels with all-season tires are fitted as standard, which can be upgraded with available 20-inch five-spoke-turbine-design wheels with all-season tires.
Inside, the Q7's interior has been upgraded with a new MMI touch response dual touchscreen display featuring a 10.1-inch upper screen and 8.6-inch lower screen. Elsewhere, the interior design language mimics the Audi Q8 flagship. An air vent strip spans the width of the dashboard and three-zone automatic climate control is available as standard.
Audi's driver-assist tech introduced on the A8 last year are standard or available for the 2020 Audi Q7 including adaptive cruise assist with traffic jam and turn assist and, Audi side assist with rear cross-traffic assist and vehicle exit warning, and top view camera system with virtual 360 surround view.
Since it offers more standard equipment, the 2020 Audi Q7 45 TFSI quattro is more expensive than the outgoing model. The Premium version starts at $54,800, an increase of $1,250 over the outgoing version, while the Premium Plus trim will set you back $57,200. These prices exclude the $995 exclude destination charge. For comparison, the more powerful V6 version starts at $60,800 for the Premium trim and $63,800 for the Premium Plus.