The G20 BMW 3 Series was launched in Thailand in late February, ahead of its public debut at the 2019 Bangkok Motor Show. The seventh-generation sports sedan was launched in Malaysia last week.

Like us, Thailand gets the G20 initially as a CBU import, and in 330i M Sport guise. There’s a second option there, though – a 320d Sport for 2.959 million baht (RM380,370). The petrol range topper goes for 3.329 million baht (RM427,897).

Meanwhile, our CBU 330i M Sport retails for RM328,800. Yes, that’s almost RM100k lower due to the ringgit’s weakness against the Thai currency. Spend like it’s RM10 = 100 baht in Bangkok and your wallet will empty sooner than you think.

Power comes from a pair of 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engines, with the diesel version producing 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque, and the petrol making 258 hp and 400 Nm. Both get eight-speed automatic gearboxes channeling drive to the rear axle, although the 330i receives a sport version of the ZF transmission for 0-100 km/h in just 5.8 seconds.

The Sport Line trim on the 320d sports T-shaped bumper design elements in gloss black, a finish that can also be found on the window trim. You also get LED headlights and fog lights, 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, keyless entry, powered sport seats with driver’s side memory, Vernasca leather, triple-zone auto climate control, aluminium trim and a BMW Live Cockpit Plus navigation system with an 8.8-inch display.

The 330i seen here is the version used in the ads. M Sport trim adds larger front air intakes and a prominent rear diffuser. Also thrown in are adaptive LED headlights, double-spoke alloys, M Sport suspension and brakes, variable sport steering, a BMW Live Cockpit Professional system with a 10.25-inch display, a 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument cluster, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and a powered bootlid.

The car you see here looks identical to our launch 330i down to the Style 790 M alloys, but there are some kit differences. For the steeper price, Thais get head-up display, a Harman Kardon sound system and a powered boot.

Full local specs, gallery and walk-around video of the G20 BMW 3 Series here.