2022 G01 BMW X3 facelift launched in Malaysia – CKD; sDrive20i from RM289k and xDrive30i from RM329k

2022 G01 BMW X3 facelift launched in Malaysia – CKD; sDrive20i from RM289k and xDrive30i from RM329k

BMW Malaysia has officially launched the new G01 X3 facelift, which is available in three variants, including two petrol-only options – the sDrive20i M Sport and xDrive30i M Sport – as well as a sole plug-in hybrid – the xDrive30e M Sport.

As the xDrive30e M Sport is the first time a plug-in hybrid version of the X3 is offered here, we’ve prepared a separate post for you to find out all about it. Here, we’re focusing on the non-PHEV variants of the SUV, and it should be noted that the latest X3 line-up, along with the facelifted X4 that has also been launched, are locally assembled (CKD) in the country.

Starting with what matters most, the X3 in sDrive20i M Sport guise retails at RM289,095.64, while the xDrive30i M Sport goes for RM329,288.54. These are on-the-road prices without insurance and inclusive of the ongoing sales tax exemption – 100% as these are CKD models.

Included in the asking prices is a standard two-year warranty, but if you want the extended warranty (five years, unlimited mileage) and service (five years, 100,000 km mileage) package, the price of the sDrive20i M Sport will be RM307,945.64 and the xDrive30i M Sport will cost you RM348,138.54.

2022 G01 BMW X3 facelift launched in Malaysia – CKD; sDrive20i from RM289k and xDrive30i from RM329k

The facelift, or Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) if you prefer BMW speak, brings about a few notable changes to the X3’s design, starting with a slightly larger kidney grille with a single-piece frame finished in pearlescent chrome that also integrates a camera.

Joining the new nose are redesigned headlamps that are 10 mm slimmer and come equipped with adaptive LED technology as standard. Elsewhere, the new bumper (not pictured here) that is part of the M Sport and Aerodynamics package has an upswept and more angular shape for its central intake – with vertical fins – and the corner inlets have also been reprofiled to be more vertical in appearance.

The rear bumper is also sportier this time around, with a diffuser finished in Dark Shadow set in the middle of two prominent, hexagonal-shaped exhaust finishers. Equally as striking are the new taillights that feature a modelled pincer contour lighting design, horizontal turn signals and black border, placed above pseudo air outlets.

Other design elements shared by both variants include the M high-gloss Shadowline trim elements and M roof rails high-gloss Shadowline. The sDrive20i M Sport comes with 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in a Y-spoke design (style 887 M), but it is the xDrive30i M Sport that not only gets larger wheels – 20-inch light alloys in a double-spoke design (style 787 M) – but also M sport brakes and a panorama glass roof.

2022 G01 BMW X3 facelift launched in Malaysia – CKD; sDrive20i from RM289k and xDrive30i from RM329k

Inside, the X3 adopts the centre console from the latest 4 Series, while the centre stack is taken from the current 3 Series. On the former, the control island here consists of a new gear selector lever, buttons for various car functions, the engine start button and the familiar iDrive controller. Meanwhile, the centre stack features small display for the triple-zone climate system, joined by smaller air vents and controls for said climate system as well as media and quick access functions.

In the sDrive20i M Sport, the Live Cockpit Plus system comes standard and consists of a 10.25-inch touchscreen display as well as a 5.1-inch display in the instrument cluster. The premium paid for the xDrive30i M Sport gets you the full-fat Live Cockpit Professional setup that nets you two 12.3-inch displays instead.

Both infotainment systems are powered by BMW Operating 7 and come with various connected services like a digital personal assistant, BMW Connected, BMW Maps and support for over-the-air software updates. The base variant gets a HiFi loudspeaker system, while the xDrive30i M Sport receives a fancier Harman Kardon surround setup instead.

An M leather steering wheel and anthracite headliner are standard fitments for both, as are M interior trim finishers in Aluminium Rhombicle dark with Pearl Chrome highlights, Galvanic embellisher for the controls, powered front sport seats with memory function, an ambient lighting system and Comfort Access. The xDrive30i M Sport that gets a Sensatec instrument panel, which is absent in the base variant.

2022 BMW X3 sDrive20i M Sport spec sheet; click to enlarge

BMW Malaysia says the X3 range gets Vernasca leather as standard, which comes in black with blue stitching when paired with the available Alpine White, Brooklyn Grey, Phytonic Blue or Carbon Black exterior finishes. A Mocha colour option for the upholstery is also available, but only with Alpine White and Carbon Black.

On the safety and driver assistance front, both variants come with the Driving Assistant package, so things like Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, rear cross traffic alert, rear collision prevention and front collision warning with brake intervention are standard. The Parking Assistant package with Reversing Assistant is also included, along with passive cruise control with braking function.

In terms of engines, the sDrive20i M Sport is powered by a B48 2.0 litre twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder that serves up 184 PS (181 hp) from 5,000 to 6,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque from 1,350 to 4,000 rpm. It takes 8.2 seconds to complete the 0-100 km/h sprint and tops out at 215 km/h.

2022 BMW X3 xDrive30i M Sport spec sheet; click to enlarge

For something more powerful and with all-paw traction, the xDrive30i M Sport gets the same B48 motor, but with 245 PS (241 hp) and 350 Nm, which is good for a 0-100 km/h time of 6.3 seconds and 235 km/h top speed. Both variants come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, although the base option gets a Steptronic unit, while a Steptronic Sport gearbox and xDrive all-wheel drive is reserved for the latter. A stiffer M Sport suspension is also part of the powertrain package.

With these new introductions, those interested in the X3 now have three different powertrain options to choose from in Malaysia. Petrol-only options are the sDrive20i and xDrive30i, while those that want plug-in hybrid power can consider the xDrive30e instead. If you prefer something without an internal combustion engine at all, there’s the all-electric iX3.

Thanks to the government’s decision to exempt electric vehicles from import and excise duty from this year until the end of 2023, the X3’s pecking order in terms of price is now as follows (prices with a standard two-year warranty and sales tax exemption factored in):

  • BMW X3 sDrive20i M Sport (CKD): RM289,095.64
  • BMW iX3 M Sport Inspiring (CBU): RM298,354.69
  • BMW iX3 M Sport Impressive (CBU): RM315,608.94
  • BMW X3 xDrive30e M Sport (CKD): RM321,139.45
  • BMW X3 xDrive30i M Sport (CKD): RM329,288.54

With these options, if you’re in the market to buy a new X3, which one gets your money? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • tatu880 on Feb 16, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Those rear lights reminds me of the thermometer shaped tail lights of the Waja CPS.

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  • escalator on Feb 16, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    All variants come with AEB, good!

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    • But no adaptive cruise control at this price level? Really amazing omission! Even Honda City RS at RM108k+ has that.

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  • Cool

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  • bieight8 on Feb 16, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    Price increase but HP drop….

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  • Ron Sister on Feb 16, 2022 at 11:59 pm


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  • Dahliamisya on Feb 17, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Prospective buyer must consider Adaptive suspensions for M sport variant. My F48 LCI msport really torturing my butt on a daily drive. Not too stiff but you can still feel road undulation transferred to your spine.

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