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South Carolina-built 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 to be the first Alpina SUV sold in the U.S.

A high-performance version fo the BMW X7 is on its way to the U.S.

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Alpina has introduced its first SUV for the U.S. market, a superlunary take on the BMW X7. The 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 is slated to be built in South Carolina at the BMW plant alongside the X7.

The SUV has been given the full Alpina treatment from the ground up.

Performance

2021 BMW Alpina XB7

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Powering the model is a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that makes it one of the most powerful SUVs in the world. Alpina's engineering team has upped its power from the 523 horsepower it makes in the X7 to 612 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Two additional water coolers, an enlarged transmission oil cooler, and a low-temperature cooling system have been installed.

The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF, which has ensured that it is capable of handling the extra prowess of the vehicle. The steering wheel features Alpina Switch-Tronic wheel-mounted shift buttons.

The XB7 can get from zero to 60 mph in 4 seconds, down half a second from the X7's time. BMW has electronically limited the speedometer to 180 mph.

Drivers get the option of putting the car in Sport, Sport+, Comfort, and Comfort+ modes as well as Normal.

2021 BMW Alpina XB7

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At the rear is a new, stainless-steel Alpina sport exhaust system. It has active exhaust system flaps to deliver a more restrained sound when the driver has chosen the Comfort drive mode. The sound is more clearly pronounced in Sport mode.

The SUV has standard all-wheel drive with an electronically-variable active limited slip differential on the rear axle that works in conjunction with the Alpina two-axle air suspension. This allows the vehicle to be raised 1.6 inches or lowered up to the same amount depending on the drive mode and terrain.

There's also an Alpina dome-bulkhead strut and reinforced torsion struts to make the SUV's body more rigid.

The SUV rides on standard 21-inch wheels and 285/45R21 front and rear tires. Twenty-three-inch wheels are available with 325/3 ZR23 front and rear tires. There are four-piston fixed Brembo brake calipers

Interior Elegance

2021 BMW Alpina XB7

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The list of features and luxury-level appointments is extensive: Merino leather seats, soft-close doors, heated seats, Alcantara Headliner, multicontour seats, a leather instrument panel, three-part panoramic glass sunroof, and LED interior roof lighting.

The SUV also features luxurious touches that have become highlights of Alpina design. There's a crystal glass iDrive Controller that is laser-etched with the Alpina logo, blue illuminated gear selector switch, Alpina production plaque, illuminated Alpina door sills, and an Alpina sport steering wheel hand-finished in Lavalina leather and featuring trademark blue/green stitching. Buyers can choose between Alpina Myrtle wood, piano lacquer, or natural walnut anthracite trim.

As in the X7, there are three rows of seating in the XB7, accommodating up to seven participants. Second-row captain's chairs feature integrated armrests.

For easy storage maneuvering, the SUV can be lowered up to two inches just by pushing a button in the luggage compartment.

Technology

2021 BMW Alpina XB7

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Between the front row seats is a 12.3-inch touch screen display and a 12.3-inch digital instrument display sits in front of the driver.

Each model comes standard with the Driving Assistance Professional Package, which includes blind spot detection, lane departure warning, rear collision warning, frontal collision warning, pedestrian warning with city collision mitigation, rear cross traffic alert, speed limit information, and active cruise control with stop and go. It also has driving assistance tech that is designed to lessen driver weariness.

The SUVs all come with the Parking Assistant Professional package as well, which uses ultrasonic technology to choose a parking spot and then park the model relatively hands free.

The XB7 will go on sale this autumn. Pricing will be announced closer to the model's on-sale date.

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New electric SUV

Honda teases its first EV

The Prologue will go on sale as a 2024 model.

Honda

Honda is nearing the unveiling of its first electric vehicle, the Prologue, and today the automaker gave us our first glimps of the new vehicle. It's just a sketch, but Honda did share some production details and information on its product roadmap.

Honda DealerHonda plans to sell half a million EVs by the end of the decade. Honda

Honda says the Prologue will be an adventure-ready SUV "capable of satisfying everyday driving and weekend getaways with a strong hint of the well-received Honda e in the front fascia." The SUV was developed in Honda's Design Studio in Los Angeles, and was designed with an eye on Honda's global EV models. Honda said it focused on aerodynamics and fine-tuning the body to reducelines and improve range.

The Japanese automaker developed the Prologue alongside GM, but it has other EVs coming to market by 2026. By 2030, Honda says it will release 30 new EVs globally with a production volume of two million units. The co-developed vehicle is the first, but the rest will be built on Honda e:Architecture. In 2027, the automaker will begin building and selling a line of affordable EVs using the architecture developed with General Motors. Honda says it plans to sell half a million EVs in North America by the end of hte decade.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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