G20 BMW 330e and G05 X5 xDrive45e PHEVs not an absolute certainty for Malaysia, insider reveals

G20 BMW 330e and G05 X5 xDrive45e PHEVs not an absolute certainty for Malaysia, insider reveals

Those expecting the arrival of the G20 BMW 330e and G05 BMW X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrids here later this year should do well to adjust their expectations, because it’s not a given that the two PHEVs will make it in. On the surface, everything points to a certainty, what with BMW Malaysia having introduced the facelifted G12 7 Series in its sole PHEV form earlier today.

After all, if that’s here, surely too the duo, right? Not quite. The 745Le xDrive makes its way in here badged as a 740Le xDrive, and it retains the same government-approved pricing as the similarly-badged pre-LCI model – RM594,800.

This, despite the new car costing more than before due to the change from a 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine to a 3.0 litre inline-six. So, while the nett selling price (RM907,144.87) is about RM50k more, customers benefit from the higher excise duty reduction with EEV incentives, a source close to the matter told us.

There will be no such recourse for the new 330e and X5 xDrive45e, despite the monikers being identical or close to – the progression in platforms from the F30 to the G20 in the case of the 3er and from the F15 to the G05 for the X5 simply means that potential tax breaks and pricing negotiations with the government would have to start from a clean slate.

G20 BMW 330e and G05 X5 xDrive45e PHEVs not an absolute certainty for Malaysia, insider reveals

The source said that that everything is currently still on the table, and it all depends if energy efficient vehicles (EEV) are reinterpreted and whether new incentives for PHEVs come about as part of the National Automotive Policy (NAP) review, expected to be announced by the government later this year.

There’s still time to wait about, apparently, because the new 330e is only about to start making its way into the market in Europe from this month on, while series production of the X5 xDrive45e is reportedly slated to begin sometime in August. The source added that if regulations are favourable, then the company will consider bringing the 330e and X5 xDrive45e in.

This falls in line with what we hear on the grapevine, from another source, that the 330e is not on the cards – supposedly, local assembly CKD operations for the G20 are due to start later this year, but the model set for production isn’t the PHEV.

As shown by the facelifted W205 Mercedes-Benz C 300 e PHEV, which was showcased during the launch of the W222 S 560 e PHEV last month, the inability to find a resolution in tax and pricing can stop any potential introduction plan from taking flight.

The company said that there were no plans to introduce the successor to the pre-facelift C 350 e here. Based on current conditions, which are reportedly different than they were before, the hybrid would be around 30% more expensive than an equivalent petrol C 300 without tax incentives.

If they do make their way in, the replacements for the F30 330e and F15 X5 xDrive40e will offer not just improved outputs and performance, but they will also make a distinct leap in electric-only operating range – the G20 330e will be able to cover up to 60 km on battery power alone, double the achievable distance of the old car, while the G05 xDrive45e has an electric-only range of around 80 km, well up from its predecessor’s 30 km.


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  • digidigi on Jul 11, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    simple, government want to end all this EEV things, they want to make u buy national car

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    • Gordon on Aug 16, 2019 at 1:15 pm

      I beg to differ, BMW and National car is different league, even with tax reduction.

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  • Mario and Bros on Jul 11, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Not yet. There are still underway of launching of new 330e G20 and X5 xDrive45e which will launch in Europe this year. This means that you will expect to get these CKD Hybrid 3 Series and X5 by next year. So stay cool

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  • Mario and Bros on Jul 12, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Besides this article, let me tell you about why EU Cars, Ford, China Cars and Proton are better?

    Nowadays, EU Cars, Ford, China Cars and Proton are much better than Korean Cars and Japanese Cars. Let me tell you, of course, everyone is moving forward toward better car with greater fuel economy with better environment, lots of technologies, advanced safety features. Unlike Japanese Cars and Korean Cars are still backward as mentioned earlier, they still never contributing about Diesel BAN Project, didn’t do much contributing about electric vehicles project. That’s why Korean Cars and Japanese Cars are still stuck at this stage or in the future which Korean Cars and Japanese Cars are always never improve. Even Korean Cars but not Kia and Japanese Cars looks even uglier nowadays and never improve their proper design when making newer generations. Even Japanese Cars making some New Facelift models, looks similar as pre-Facelift models.

    Next up, talk about quality and performance, EU Cars, Ford, China Cars and Proton are always having better performance than Japanese Cars and Korean Cars because they uses turbocharged Petrol engine and hybrid power + Petrol engine and future electric cars. Moreover, EU Cars, Ford, China Cars and Proton are lesser issues than Japanese Cars and Korean Cars. Besides that, even technologies for EU Cars, Proton, Ford and China Cars are much wiser than Japanese Cars and Korean Cars because they do lots of research and come up with lots of developments about futuristic technologies even doing about advanced safety features as well. Even EU Cars, China Cars, Ford and Proton also making proper design for interior and exterior Unlike Japanese Cars and Korean Cars, looks like they don’t even research and development much because they give cheap technologies even giving lousy design for interior and exterior. No wonder that’s why Korean Cars design and Japanese Cars design looks cheap.

    Anyway that’s all and laatly, I want to say that I hope there will no negative feedbacks from anti EU fans, anti-Proton fans and anti-China fans cause I noticed that some of haters didn’t even bother to read the articles, never research car facts before hater replied to us. We already know which Salesmen the haters came from because we highly doubt that haters didn’t even own their car to feel. So as I mentioned to haters, before you reply, please don’t talk keep on saying battery replacement and expecting higher price for EU Cars, Ford, China Cars and Proton.

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  • Mario and Bros on Jul 12, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Anyway, for those who want to buy BMW G20 3 Series Hybrid and BMW G05 X5 xDrive45e Plug in Hybrid, you guys gotta need to wait next year cause these two models are still finalising about these two newer BMW Hybrid Models such as G20 3 Series and G05 X5

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  • John Doe on Feb 12, 2020 at 5:49 am

    tHEY HAVE TO BRING THE G05 X45E. IT will sell even better than the last gen hybrid and malaysians will love it.

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