It was only a matter of time before Alpina revealed their take on the new BMW X3 and the time has come for the world to meet the new 2019 Alpina XD3.
Set to make its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Alpina XD3 positions itself as perhaps the sportiest iteration of the new X3, at least until BMW finishes their work on the upcoming X3 M model.
It’s certainly the most powerful version as it features a quad-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six diesel engine with common-rail high-pressure direct injection, producing 388hp and a humongous 567lb-ft (770Nm) of peak torque. Strapped to it is an eight-speed automatic transmission that’s connected to a reconfigured xDrive all-wheel drive system, featuring specific torque distribution for the new Alpina XD3.
Alpina claims a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 165mph (266km/h) which sounds fast enough for an SUV of this size, especially a diesel-powered one.
Right-hand drive examples however will be driven by a less crazy, twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six diesel engine with 333hp and still a very impressive 516lb-ft (700Nm) of peak torque.
The less powerful engine is still paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and Alpina’s reconfigured xDrive all-wheel drive system. Performance remains strong, with the 0-62mph (100km/h) requiring 4.9 seconds and top speed set at 157mph (254km/h).
The chassis features Alpina’s sport suspension which employs electronically adjustable dampers together with an active rear limited differential to ensure class-leading handling. A set of the trademark 20-inch Alpina wheels is fitted as standard, with 22-inch lightweight forged items being an option.
Alpina will open the order books for the 2019 XD3 from the second quarter of 2018, with first deliveries to begin in 2019.