> Updated Alpina SUV to be released early 2022
> New tech from BMW iX to feature
> YesAuto’s spy shots of test mule on a truck gives us our first look
> Prices expected to be around £128,000
If BMW’s M division is a bit too mainstream for you, Alpina can help. Responsible for tuning BMWs for decades, Alpina frequently adds understated performance to many of today’s cars in the range. With a mid-life update due to the X7 SUV, the Alpina XB7 is also being tweaked.
Some styling revisions are clearly on the cars looking at this test mule, with the front and rear bumpers expecting to be the main targets. There also appears to be new lighting signatures at play.
There’s also set to be a substantial tech update with the infotainment system from the BMW iX EV being transplanted.
It is expected that the XB7 will be powered by the same twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine as before, but power might be lifted beyond the current 613bhp. This Alpina model is based upon the M50i.
Just because this is a 7-seater SUV, don’t go thinking it is slow. A 0-62mph sprint in the current XB7 takes just 4.2 seconds, while 0-124mph can be completed in under 15 seconds.
The new and updated BMW X7 is expected to arrive in early 2022, and so it stands to reason that Alpina will make their announcement within a month or two of that.
An Alpina XB7 might be a more potent, yet sophisticated, solution to transporting 7 at speed.
There’s no official word on pricing yet, but expect a slight increase in sticker price over the outgoing model. That car currently sets you back £125,650 and so a £128,000 tag for the updated car is likely.