Earlier this month, the G30 BMW 5 Series was spotted in the country, being ferried on a transporter. Now, the seventh-gen 5er – which was unveiled in October last year – has been sighted on the road. Reader Prabakar Naidu caught a fleet of camouflaged mules in Cyberjaya, and managed to take a video of the clad vehicles, which were running in formation.

The evaluators are likely the same units as seen on the trailer. Revealed in the earlier spyshot set was the 530i – likely to be the range-topping model sold locally – with an M Sport package and 19-inch M double-spoke style 664M alloy wheels.

Thailand is set to sell two variants of the 5er initially, these being the 530i M Sport and 520d Luxury. Both go on sale as fully-imported CBU units, as will also be the case here before CKD local assembly eventually takes over. It’s likely that the oil burner will also be deployed in our market.

The 530i is powered by a B48 2.0 litre turbo four-cylinder offering 252 hp at 5,200 rpm and 350 Nm from 1,450 to 4,800 rpm, while the oil burner equipping the 520d is the familiar 190 hp and 400 Nm B47 2.0 litre turbodiesel seen in current outings. Both mills will be paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

No word yet on what the Malaysian-spec cars will have in terms of kit, but the Thai cars should provide a good approximation. The diesel 5er comes standard with 18-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlamps, Comfort Access, a 10.25-inch touchscreen (with iDrive now equipped with gesture control), a digital meter panel and the fancy Display Key first seen with the current 7 Series.

The 530i, meanwhile, comes with M Sport exterior and interior appointments as well as a sportier suspension setup. Other bits include a panorama glass roof, Parking Assistant, 360 degree camera view, paddle shifters, a Harman Kardon surround sound system and a wireless phone charger.

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