Alpina unveiled the XB7 just about 1.5 years ago, but as BMW prepares a facelift for the X7, the Buhol-based carmaker should do the same while retaining the controversial split headlamp layout as a more interesting alternative to Bavaria’s flagship SUV should follow the original example. Both products are due out next year.
It is too early to draw any definitive conclusions regarding the exterior as the SUV has a lot of camouflage. We can talk about top LED daytime running lights, however, as there are rectangular cutouts in the camouflage to indicate that the DRL will be located right where the bumper meets the bonnet.
This is the layout we saw on Concept XM. As with the plug-in hybrid SUV, which will go into series production next year, the BMW X7 and the equivalent Alpina XB7 will have their headlights positioned lower on the bumper. That said, it looks like the low / high beam headlamps won’t be as hidden as on the electrified luxury model, where they sit behind a heavily tinted bezel. As for the radiator grill, it doesn’t seem to be any bigger. The revised LED taillight graphics are visible from behind through disguise.
That this is an Alpina prototype can be judged by the design of the alloy wheels and quadrilateral exhaust tips at the rear, which even the BMW X7 M50i does not have. The X7 M counterpart should retain its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that develops 612 horsepower and 800 Nm of torque. That’s 89 hp. and 50 Nm more than the M Performance X7, enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.0 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 290 km / h.
We also recommend that you watch a detailed review of the Alpina XB7 from the FineAuto team: