Based off the BMW X4, the new Alpina XD4 uses the same insanely powerful diesel powerplant as the XD3, meaning a 3.0-liter straight six diesel with no less than four(!) turbos, paired to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
The output figures are also the same when compared with the 2018 XD3, meaning 382hp (388PS) from 4,000 to 5,000rpm and 567lb-ft (770Nm) from just 1,750rpm and up to 3,000rpm. Alpina claims 0-62mph (100km/h) in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 166mph (268km/h) for the new XD4, which are class-leading figures at the mid-size SUV segment for the time being.
The engine itself employs a pair of smaller turbos operating in parallel in the lower range before handing over their duties to a pair of bigger ones that also feature variable turbine geometry. In addition to a diesel particulate filter and a NOx storage catalytic converter, there is also an SCR catalytic converter that injects Adblue solution for reduced emissions.
The chassis has been updated with Alpina’s sport suspension that employs electronically adjustable dampers and shorter and stiffer springs, for sharper and more dynamic handling without sacrificing the typical Alpina ride comfort.
The standard brake system features four-piston calipers with 395mm discs at the front and 370mm discs at the rear, although Alpina will also offer an optional set of composite brakes with 395mm drilled discs at the front and 398mm at the rear, combined with sport-spec brake pads.
Alpina has also tuned this SUV’s xDrive all-wheel drive system with its own software, increasing the agility and the dynamics of the car – the active rear limited-slip differential helps too. A set of the classic 20-inch Alpina alloys is standard fit, with the company also offering the option of forged aluminum 22-inch wheels that are lighter by 15kg compared to a conventional set of aluminum wheels of the same size.
The interior is upgraded with Alpina’s fine materials and special details, including the hand-crafted leather steering wheel and Piano Lacquer trim. Alpina is known for offering a pretty much endless list of customisation options to its customers, from paint finishes to interior trim materials and upholstery colors.
The new 2019 BMW Alpina XD4 will become available for order in the second quarter of 2018 and will be available only in left-hand drive specification. The first deliveries in Europe will commence in early 2019.
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