In conjunction with the Chinese New Year, BMW Malaysia has announced the introduction of the BMW 330e in M Sport guise. The new 330e M Sport variant joins the 330e Sport Line version that was introduced in August last year.

All that’s seen on the Sport Line model is to be found here, and the M Sport adds on a M Aerodynamics kit (front/rear aprons with diffusor inserts and sill covers at the side) and a stiffer M Sport suspension package (which lowers the car by 10mm, and is not to be confused with the adaptive units found on the 330i) as well as 18-inch M light double-spoke 441 M alloy wheels finished in ferric grey metallic.

Also on, BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line elements and M logos on the side panels, and the entire kit provides the hybrid 3er with a sportier-looking exterior. Save the wheel design and a few bits, it’s identical to the 330e evaluator sampled in Munich last year.

Inside, the M Sport package introduces blue accent stripes across the dashboard and door panels, and is dressed in a Dakota black leather/Oyster dark highlight/black trim level. The variant also features variable sports steering, an M leather steering wheel with sport and multi-function buttons, BMW Individual headliner in anthracite and sports seats with electric memory for the driver.

As with the Sport Line, standard kit includes LED headlights and foglamps, Comfort Access, a rear view camera, an electric glass roof, head-up display and Park Assist. Also to be found, Navigation System Professional and an 8.8-inch display monitor as well as a suite of ConnectedDrive services. These include Intelligent Emergency Call and a range of tele, concierge and remote services.

The 330e is powered by a B48 2.0 litre TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine, which delivers 181 hp (184 PS) from 5,000 to 6,500 rpm and 290 Nm of torque between 1,350 and 4,250 rpm, the same output numbers as found on the 320i.

An 87 hp/250 Nm electric motor is sandwiched between the engine and the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, boosting outputs to 252 hp and 420 Nm. A permanent electric boost function ensures that a constant 100 Nm is always available to provide added accelerative zip. A 5.7 kWh (nett capacity, 7.6 kWh gross), 293 volt lithium-ion battery powers the motor. Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 6.1 seconds, while the top speed is quoted at 225 km/h.

The 330e M Sport is available in four exterior colours, these being Black Sapphire, Mineral Grey, Estoril Blue and Alpine White. It’s priced at RM258,800 on-the-road without insurance, and comes with a 5-Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty, Free Scheduled Service and BMW Tyre Warranty Programme package.

We’ve driven the 330e in Malaysia as well as in Munich. You can compare the BMW 330e M Sport specifications with the rest of the F30 3 Series model range at CarBase.my