Alpina teases new 2018 B5 ahead of Geneva Motor Show [w/video]

Article by Christian A., on February 21, 2017

Sooner or later this year, BMW intends to launch a performance version of its recently launched BMW 5 Series (G30) through the new BMW M5. But before we could see that happen, German carmaker Alpina will also be launching its own iteration and interpretation of the BMW 5 Series – the next generation of the Alpina B5.

Just recently, Alpina launched a teaser campaign for its new-gen B5. Two video clips were intended and the German company has just shown the first one. Well, the short video clip – lasting for just 30 seconds – shows a heavily camouflaged Alpina B5 speedily cruising through a road full of snow as surrounded by pine trees. It might be intending the dynamic capability of the new Alpina B5 to take on any challenges on any weather, even if the road is as slippery as an ice skating rink. The video clip ends by announcing that a new BMW Alpina is coming.

Since the 2018 Alpina B5 is heavily camouflaged – and no thanks to the snowy white background – it was pretty hard to see the visual changes implemented by the exclusive carmaker to transform a new BMW 5 Series into a new Alpina B5. Yes, while the new Alpina B5 should be very well derived from the new BMW 5 Series, it doesn’t mean they would look the same. The exterior appearance of the new generation of the BMW 5 Series (G30) should give us a good idea on how the new Alpina B5 would look like when it finally makes its debut on the market.

Even from the all the camouflage wrapped on the Alpina B5, it was rather easy to tell that several elements of the new BMW 5 Series were still adapted – thanks to video clip and some spy images of the new Alpina car. The front end is still defined by BMW’s signature kidney grille as flanked by twin circular headlights (n LED Adaptive units). The width of the B5 exclusive sedan is highlighted by linking the grille and the headlight housings. Even the graphics of the headlights is the same.

Nonetheless, there were a number of glaring differences on the lower front fascia of the new Alpina B5. Surely, we can find a number of exterior tweaks, although they shouldn’t be overaggressive. There were quite a number of clear visual elements that ties the new B5 as an Alpina, including the typical multi-spoke alloy wheels with the blue brake calipers residing behind them.

The timing of Alpina’s teaser videos for the new B5 exclusive sedan suggests that the carmaker might be all prepared for an upcoming debut of the car. Yes, we mean the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. Alpina hasn’t confirmed it but we have a good feeling about this.

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