2011 New Cars: Europe

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Audi Q7

New: A single engine to replace the V-8 and the V-6.

Noteworthy: For 2011, Audi will jettison its V-6 and V-8 engines in the Q7 and replace them with a single engine offered with two different outputs. Using its 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 in 272-hp and 333-hp strengths, Audi will simplify the powertrain lineup while preserving the idea of a base engine plus a more powerful step-up option. In high-output trim, the 3.0T is down 17 hp versus the old 4.2-liter V-8 but matches the 325 lb-ft torque rating. Thanks to the versatility of a new eight-speed automatic, the Q7 never feels lacking in forward thrust. Both versions of the 3.0T are projected to use less fuel than the engines they replace, but exact EPA numbers aren't yet available. The Q7's third powertrain, the turbo-diesel V-6, carries over, and it also receives the eight-speed automatic for 2011.

On sale: October
BASE PRICE: $46,575
Specs: 3.0L supercharged V-6, 272/333 hp, 266/325 lb-ft; 3.0L turbo-diesel V-6, 225 hp, 406 lb-ft; 4-wheel drive

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Audi's 3.0T strategy closely follows that of the 2.0T: several applications with multiple outputs to establish powertrain hierarchy.

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