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BMW Group Malaysia has announced that the F15 BMW X5 is now locally assembled, bringing about a slightly lower price and a moderate feature count boost. Available in dealerships nationwide from August 30, the range-topping Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) is the 15th variant to be assembled at the Inokom plant in Kulim, Kedah, and the second this year after the 3 Series Gran Turismo.

The range remains the same, with the diesel xDrive30d and petrol xDrive35i making up the lineup, but both models have been stuffed with a bit more kit. Firstly, the xDrive30d gets a third row, meaning that both models are now seven-seaters. The diesel also gets a full-colour head-up display, previously only available on the more expensive model, as well as Chrome Line trim around the side windows.

The range-topping xDrive35i on the other hand, adds a electric panoramic glass sunroof, as well as a rear-seat entertainment system comprising of two remotely-controllable 9.2-inch displays, with access to radio and navigation, as well as BMW Apps and Internet connectivity via BMW ConnectedDrive.

Finally, both cars get a suite of new safety features through the inclusion of the Driving Assistant package. These include Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning and City Collision Warning Mitigation.

Lane Departure Warning warns when the driver is about to deviate from their lane by vibrating the steering wheel. Forward Collision Warning provides visual and acoustic warnings if the car detects a collision is imminent, while City Collision Warning Mitigation also brakes the car automatically to prevent or to mitigate the impact of collisions at speeds below 60 km/h.

Elsewhere, it’s the same as before. The xDrive30d is powered by a 258 hp, 560 Nm 3.0 litre turbodiesel inline-six, while the xDrive35i gets a 306 hp, 400 Nm 3.0 litre turbo inline-six petrol. Both powertrains are mated to an eight-speed sports automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive.

So, how much do you save by punting for the CKD variants? Not much, actually. The xDrive30d is now priced at RM539,800, while the xDrive35i now retails at RM579,800, both RM19,000 less expensive than before. Both prices are on the road without insurance and include BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI).

You can compare the specifications, equipment and pricing of the new CKD variants against the CBU variants at our car buying research website CarBase.my.