BMW Malaysia F30 3 Series LCI teaser-01

It looks like the F30 BMW 3 Series LCI will make its local introduction soon, as seen on BMW Malaysia’s webpage. Additionally, a Facebook posting (below), lists that the following variants will be available, including the 318i Luxury, 320i Sport, 320i M Sport, the 320d M Sport and 330i M Sport.

The F30 Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) which is BMW’s term for facelift, made its debut earlier this year. Aesthetically, the updated 3 Series features mild design enhancements such as a redesigned front air intake and a new rear bumper. Also new are LED daytime running lights, with refreshed internal graphics. The option for full LED headlights is also new.

Inside, updates are kept to a minimum as well. Gloss black are applied to the surrounds of the audio and climate controls, while chrome accents lined around the air vents, window switches and controls of the power-adjustable seats. Also, a new sliding lid for the cupholder and an additional storage compartment has been added.

Underneath the F30 3 Series LCI is where the updates are notable. The base 318i Luxury will feature a new B38 1.5 litre three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 136 hp and 220 Nm, same as the 316i. Replacing the old 1.6 litre TwinPower Turbo four-pot, the new engine is cleaner as well, cutting CO2 emissions by 13%.

The 320i will get the new B48 2.0 litre petrol that makes 184 hp and 290 Nm (20 Nm up from the outgoing model). The same engine will also be featured in the 330i, with higher outputs of 252 hp/350 Nm compared to 245 hp/350 Nm in the previous 328i.

The new B47 2.0 litre diesel mill is reserved for the 320d, with an uprated 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque to spare over 184 hp/380 Nm previously. It gets to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds, 0.4 seconds quicker than before. The same eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmissions will be used to send power to the wheels.

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