New 2022 Alpina XB7 gets hybrid tech in mid-life refresh
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.
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 613bhp and 800Nm of torque. Utilising a mild-hybrid setup should improve the XB7’s efficiency and the seven-seat SUV will offer a WLTP-rated 19.6mpg on the combined cycle.
The powertrain changes also mean the XB7 weighs 2,730kg, up from 2,600kg of the pre-facelift version. Despite this, performance figures are identical with the XB7 accelerating from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds and having a top speed of 180mph. 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 UK market yet, but expect it to cost over £140,000 when it goes on sale later this year.
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