Live from the 2018 Geneva Motor Show we bring you the world premiere of the new ALPINA XD3, G01 chassis. The world premiere of the new XD3 is the big highlight at the booth of the Buchloe-based automaker where the SUV takes the center stage. The power SUV, based on the BMW X3 G01, uses as in the previous generation, a powerful inline six-cylinder diesel, but with a few twists.
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Under the hood of the XD3 lies a tuned version of BMW’s 3.0 liter, quad-turbocharged I6 diesel engine. Except this one sports 388 hp and a tidal wave-mimicking 667 lb-ft of torque. That’s only a few more horsepowers than the X3 M40i’s 355 hp. However, it’s a helluva lot more torque than the M40i’s 369 lb-ft. Which is why we think its claimed 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds is a bit understated, considering that the M40i has the same claimed time.
That engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic that has been tuned by ALPINA, along with a re-calibrated xDrive all-wheel drive system. It also gets a new adjustable sport suspension and 20″ wheels as-standard, with optional 22″ wheels.
The ALPINA-specific body kit that reads “ALPINA” on the front lip looks great and gives the car a lower, sportier look.
Inside, the ALPINA XD3 isn’t that much different from the standard X3 but it does look really quite good. It gets ALPINA’s signature leather work and gauge/screen graphics but the cabin as a whole is essentially the same.
Orders for the most powerful diesel engine in a BMW X3 G01 will be accepted by ALPINA from the second quarter of 2018, but the first deliveries will not be made until the beginning of 2019. Pricing will be announced at a later date.