2022 Alpina XB7 revealed with new hybrid tech

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Alpina’s flagship XB7 SUV has been revised inside and out in line with the new BMW X7 facelift.

Following on from the facelifted BMW X7 revealed earlier this week, here’s the updated Alpina XB7. Based on the X7, the XB7 receives the same upgrades found on the BMW-badge model, including a new engine, driver assistance tech and a new exterior design. The model is expected in Australian showrooms in 2023.

A new mild-hybrid twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 sits under the bonnet, but despite the addition of hybridisation, power remains the same at 450kW and 800Nm of torque. Utilising a mild-hybrid setup should improve the XB7’s efficiency.

The powertrain changes also mean the XB7 weighs 2730kg, up from 2600kg of the pre-facelift version. Despite this, performance figures are identical with the XB7 accelerating from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds and having a top speed of 300km/h. Power is sent through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

Like the X7, the new split headlight design is a prominent feature of the XB7. The large kidney grilles remain unchanged, but there is Alpina lettering on the bottom grille – like all other Alpinas. Also in keeping with Alpina’s design are the side decals and some ‘Alpina Dynamic’ 21-inch wheels make an appearance, too.

BMW’s new curved infotainment system features inside on a 12.3-inch driver’s display screen seamlessly joining the 14.9-inch central touchscreen. The XB7 uses BMW’s new iDrive 8 software but to mark it out from BMW models it receives Alpina’s blue and green colour scheme.

Alpina has also tweaked the ride. The XB7 gets air-suspension but with ‘Alpina specific’ damper and kinematic set-up.

BMW recently acquired the trademark rights to Alpina in March and the XB7 is the second car to be revealed after the announcement – following the new B4 Gran Coupe. Pricing for the XB7 hasn’t been revealed for the Australian market yet, but expect it to cost over $200,000 when it goes on sale.

Alastair Crooks

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