Now that BMW has taken the wraps off the new G05-generation X5 “sports activity vehicle,” we can start looking forward to what the high-performance versions will look like. Not only the inevitable X5 M, but possibly an Alpina version, too. And this is probably a pretty good idea of what it would look like.
Envisioned by Nikita Aksyonov, these renderings give us an advanced look at a theoretical 2019 Alpina XD5. As enthusiasts of Alpina’s heavily modified Bimmers will know, that means a high-output diesel engine – the kind still favored in Germany and other European markets. But those same enthusiasts will know that Alpina doesn’t currently offer a tuned X5, and to the best of our knowledge, never has.
The closest it’s come is the XD3 and XD4, based on the smaller BMW X3 and X4. Those have come with a 3.0-liter quad-turbo inline-six, still fueled by diesel oil but producing 388 horsepower (285 kW) and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) of torque.
That’s significantly more than BMW offers itself in the X3, which tops out with the M40i (packing 355 hp and 369 lb-ft) and the xDrive30d (with 261 hp and 457 lb-ft). And it’s comparable to the new X5 M50d, with its 394 hp (294 kW) and 561 lb-ft (760 Nm) of torque.
We’d expect a potential XD5, were Alpina to make one, to boast even more muscle. And it’d have the subtle but sportier visual upgrades to go with it, too. Now the question is if Alpina will develop such a model. For our part, we can only hope – even if we stand little chance of ever seeing one in North America.