Six months after the local debut of the G20 BMW 3 Series, BMW Group Malaysia has announced the introduction of the CKD locally-assembled version. The seventh-generation sports sedan continues to be offered in sole 330i M Sport form, with the same amount of equipment as the fully-imported (CBU) unit.

The identical kit list does mean that the price has come down a fair bit, with the car now retailing at RM288,800 on-the-road without insurance – a full RM40,000 less than before. A five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, a five-year free maintenance package and a two-year tyre warranty is included.

On the outside, the M Sport appearance package, the mid-range adaptive LED headlights and LED fog lights remain standard fare, as do the 18-inch Style 790 M double-spoke Orbit Grey alloy wheels, shod with run-flat tyres. Inside, you’ll find the range-topping BMW Live Cockpit Professional infotainment system, featuring a 10.25-inch centre screen and a 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument display with a reverse-direction rev counter.

Linked to the new BMW Operating System 7.0, the system can be operated via the iDrive rotary controller, the centre touchscreen or the Intelligent Personal Assistant voice control. The cabin is dressed in either Black or Cognac Vernasca leather, Tetragon Aluminium trim and black headlining.

Standard equipment includes keyless entry, push-button start, handsfree bootlid opening, triple-zone climate control, cruise control, power-adjustable sports seats with driver’s side memory, 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats, Qi wireless smartphone charging and a 10-speaker, 205-watt HiFi Loudspeaker sound system. There’s also the BMW Digital Key function for selected Samsung smartphones.

As far as driver assists are concerned, the 330i continues to be offered with the Parking Assistant, including a a reverse camera and the new Reversing Assist system that will help you reverse out of a tight spot by recalling the way you came in. Unfortunately, there are still no other assists of any kind, not even autonomous emergency braking, so those of you who were holding out for this vital safety feature will be disappointed.

Under the bonnet sits the latest version of BMW’s B48 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine, making 258 hp at 5,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 1,550 to 4,400 rpm. Paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, it goes from zero to 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds and delivers a fuel consumption figure of 5.8 to 6.1 litres per 100 km. Passive M Sport suspension is still fitted here, with the newfangled lift-related dampers.

With the introduction of the CKD model comes a change in which the BMW ConnectedDrive Services are offered. The individual functions, which include BMW Online, Remote Services, Concierge Services, Apple CarPlay and the car’s Intelligent Personal Assistant and Digital Key features, now come with a three-month trial period, instead of the complimentary one-/three-year free subscriptions offered on the CBU model.

One-year subscriptions are priced at RM299 for the Connected Package, which bundles in BMW Online, Remote Services and a Connected+ feature, while Concierge Services are priced at RM399. Apple CarPlay is RM513 a year and the Digital Key is RM370 a year. There’s no pricing for the Intelligent Personal Assistant on the ConnectedDrive store as yet.

Available colours for the CKD version are Alpine White, Black Sapphire and Mineral Grey. The Portimao Blue you see on this CBU unit will be available in January, while Sunset Orange will be offered from March.

GALLERY: CBU G20 BMW 330i