Audi Malaysia has announced the introduction of another second-gen Audi Q7 variant in the country. The Q7 2.0 TFSI quattro joins the Q7 3.0 TFSI quattro – which was introduced last November – in the local line-up for the Typ 4M range.

Externally, the Q7 2.0 quattro is identical to its 3.0 litre sibling in terms of looks, with different wheels being the only visible change for the seven-seater SUV. The 2.0 litre rides on 19-inch five V-spoke design alloy wheels compared to the 20-inch 10-spoke cast aluminium units seen on the higher-end variant.

The variant is powered by a 2.0 litre TFSI four-pot offering 252 hp at 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 370 Nm between 1,600 and 4,500 rpm. An eight-speed Tiptronic transmission transfers the engine’s power to the quattro permanent AWD system, and performance specs include a 0-100 km/h time of 7.1 seconds (0.8 seconds faster than the previous-gen 3.0 TFSI variant) and a 233 km/h top speed.

Audi Q7

An Audi Drive Select system is present, offering Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, Efficiency, Allroad (ride height up by 25 mm) as well as Lift/offroad (ride height 60 mm higher, max) modes, and there’s even a loading mode that lowers the rear axle by 45 mm for easier boot access.

Standard kit essentially mirrors that found on the 3.0 litre, and the item list includes adaptive air suspension, LED headlamps and DRLs (with high beam assist and washers), heated and auto anti-glare wing mirrors, powered tailgate and park assist with surround view camera. Also on, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, complete with an 8.3-inch rising central display.

Some differences inside the cabin; the 2.0 TFSI omits the Audi Virtual Cockpit and comes with a four-spoke steering wheel (three-spoke sports unit on the 3.0 TFSI), without electric steering adjustment.

Audi Q7

The audio on it is also pared down – it’s equipped with an Audi sound system featuring a nine-channel amplifier, 10 loudspeakers and a total system output of 180 watts (the 3.0 litre features a Bose 3D Sound System with a 15-channel amp, 19 speakers and 558 watts total output)

Safety kit consists of electronic stabilisation control (ESC) as well as traction control (ASR), EBD and eight airbags. As for exterior colours, there are seven available, and these are Glacier White, Floret Silver, Argus Brown, Ink Blue, Graphite Grey, Orca Black and a special Daytona Grey with pearl effect.

Finally, pricing. The fully-imported Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI quattro is priced at RM524,900, on-the-road without insurance. (the 3.0 litre goes for RM589,900). Buyers can specify an optional S line package for an additional RM15,000; the package includes front/rear bumper dress up bits, 20-inch cast aluminium wheels and S line sports steering wheel, sport seats and special inlays.