DUE to be launched in August, the updated 2021 BMW ALPINA XD3, complete with mild hybrid technology, has been confirmed for the Australian market. The high-performance diesel SUV will offer scintillating power from its straight-six 3.0-litre bi-turbo engine.
Maximum power output is 261kW, with peak torque of 730Nm, with the 48-volt starter generator hybrid providing improved throttle response and increased efficiency, offering long driving ranges in combination with a high performance output.
Accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 254km/h means the BMW ALPINA XD3 is amongst the fastest in its segment. The revised variable sports steering ensures even sharper and more responsive handling.
The updated Performance Control markedly improves dynamic cornering as well. There’s a striking new BMW light design and the redesigned ALPINA aerodynamic components at the front and rear make for a much more contemporary, powerful appearance.
“Since launch the BMW ALPINA XD3 has been ALPINA’s most popular vehicle in Australia,” ALPINA Automobiles Australia sales manager Phil Jeffery said.
“As a premium medium-sized SUV, the BMW ALPINA XD3 is perfectly sized for this market, while its combination of six-cylinder bi-turbo diesel power and 48-volt mild hybrid system ensures instant response, strong acceleration and incredible fuel economy,” he added.
“In short, the distinctive BMW ALPINA XD3 always impresses, from the daily work commute through to weekend adventures in the city, country or coast,” he said.
Loaded with performance parts, including ALPINA exclusive turbochargers, intercooler and cooling systems, the power plant is paired with an 8-speed sport automatic transmission, delivering fuel consumption of 7.8-litres/100km.
The adaptive dampers with ALPINA specific calibration offer a wide range of driving experiences in the different driving modes ranging from COMFORT+ to SPORT+. Stiffer and shorter springs provide a lower centre of gravity and optimised aerodynamics.
The model update includes a revised steering calibration; the steering is now more sensitive and precise, and offers an intuitive response in every driving. The intelligent all-wheel drive system is based on the BMW xDrive system.
The ALPINA specific calibration results – depending on the driving situation – in a pronounced rear-wheel biased torque distribution, for dynamic, agile handling.
As well as the standard rear limited slip differential, the BMW ALPINA XD3 now comes with Performance Control. This electronic control system prevents understeering through selective brake interventions at each individual wheel.
In doing so, agility and lateral grip is increased and the full dynamic capabilities of the BMW ALPINA XD3 is maximised during cornering.
On the outside, the new light and kidney grille design and the re-engineered ALPINA aerodynamic components at the front and rear, lend the model a distinctly more contemporary and sportive design language.
Inside, the redesigned BMW centre console finished in high gloss offers intuitive control options. Alongside power and torque, the new BMW sport displays can now also show boost pressure, oil temperature and the G-forces in a dynamic diagram.
ALPINA’s in-house saddlery provides an almost unlimited range of interior features for the BMW ALPINA XD3: piping, stitching, embroidery, punching and embossing, made to customer specifications, add a personal touch to each automobile.
The untreated LAVALINA leather upholstery, painstakingly crafted in the ALPINA saddlery, adds the most exquisite natural material used in the automotive industry to the options list too.
The 2021 BMW ALPINA XD3 is covered by a 3-year unlimited kilometre BMW warranty, with complimentary roadside assistance. It follows the same service requirements as the BMW X3 M40i.
The updated BMW ALPINA XD3 is now available to order, with first dealership arrivals expected in late-2021. Full pricing and specification details will be provided closer to the Australian market launch.