BMW 3-Series G20 LCI

  • 2023 BMW 330Li M Sport facelift in Malaysia – RM326k

    2023 BMW 330Li M Sport facelift in Malaysia – RM326k

    Completing the facelifted BMW 3 Series line-up in Malaysia is the 2023 G28 330Li M Sport, priced from RM305,800 with the base two-year warranty or RM325,800 with the full, five-year extended warranty and service package.

    As such, this makes the 330Li M Sport LCI RM6,000 pricier than the standard-wheelbase 330i M Sport, while being RM66k more attainable than the performance-oriented M340i xDrive 3.0 litre variant. Key to the 330Li is its 110 mm-longer wheelbase, which is applied to the rear door and rear passenger compartment; as with the pre-facelift, the rear seats are fixed in place and are not foldable.

    Much of the pre-facelift car‘s equipment is carried over to the LCI 330Li, in addition to the model facelift updates; this includes the dual trapezoidal exhaust outlets which are distinct from those on the 330i, 330e and 320i.

    For rolling stock, the Style 848 18-inch alloy wheels are shod in tyres measuring 225/45 in front and 255/40 at the rear. The M Sport treatment for this long-wheelbase G20 3 Series sees the application of the extended Shadowline black trim including for the double-bar kidney grille.

    Also included are comfort-oriented, non-adjustable suspension, and joining the equipment list here is a standard steering setup instead of the variable sport steering that is specified on other variants of the current, facelifted 3 Series range.

    The comfort theme continues inside the 330Li M Sport, with comfort seats specified in this long-wheelbase 3 Series, along with a panoramic sunroof and a Sensatec leather dashboard. The driver continues to get the M Sport steering wheel, and audio comes courtesy of a 10-speaker system, a step up from the 320i that gets a six-speaker set.

    The updated interior joins the rest of the updated 3 Series range in employing the dual-widescreen Curved Display instrumentation and infotainment display and a toggle switch-style transmission selector. For smartphone pairing, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now wireless and come as standard equipment, which means these are no longer a cost option.

    Its powerplant is carried over from before, where the 330Li M Sport LCI continues to get the B48 2.0 litre turbocharged inline-four cylinder petrol engine that outputs 258 PS and 400 Nm of torque. These are sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

    Being larger and therefore heavier than the standard-wheelbase 330i, accelerative performance takes a hit; 0-100 km/h is elapsed in 6.2 seconds compared to 5.8 seconds of the SWB car, while top speed is unchanged at 250 km/h. Its claimed average fuel consumption is 6.4 litres/100 km.

    For safety equipment, the 330Li M Sport gets the Driving Assistant pack as standard. This includes Lane Departure Warning with active steering interventions, Lane Change Warning, Front Collision Warning with brake intervention (AEB), Rear Crossing Traffic Warning, Rear Collision Warning, Speed Limit Info and manual Speed Limit Assist, though still without adaptive cruise control and Level 2 autonomous driving.

    Priced from RM305,800 with the base two-year warranty or RM325,800 with the full, five-year extended warranty and service package, the facelifted G20 BMW 330Li M Sport is available in Carbon Black, Mineral White, M Portimao Blue and Skyscraper Grey, all paired with a Mocha (brown) interior trim colour.

     
     
  • 2023 BMW M340i xDrive facelift in Malaysia – RM392k

    2023 BMW M340i xDrive facelift in Malaysia – RM392k

    Launched in Malaysia last month, the facelifted BMW 340i xDrive comes to market in two forms, the M340i xDrive that is priced at RM391,800, and the online-exclusive M340i xDrive M Sport Pro at RM396,800; it’s the former for which we bring a live image gallery here; these prices are on-the-road without insurance, and include a five-year unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled servicing.

    For the premium paid over the RM319,800 330i M Sport and the RM325,800 long-wheelbase 330Li M Sport, the key differentiator is the larger, more powerful engine, which in the M340i xDrive is a 3.0 litre turbocharged inline-six cylinder petrol engine producing 387 hp and 500 Nm of torque. Outputs go to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

    Driveline hardware that comes on the M340i as standard is the M Sport differential, while its chassis gets Adaptive M suspension along with variable sport steering.

    Rolling stock on the M340i xDrive facelift features a set of Style 791 M Bicolour 19-inch double-spoke M alloy wheels, wearing tyres measuring 225/40 in front and 255/35 at the back. Adding to the sporty exterior look is the M high-gloss Shadowline package that brings trim items in gloss black.

    In the cabin, driver instrumentation comes courtesy of a 12.3-inch Information Display that joins a 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, and the BMW Live Cockpit Professional ensemble running on BMW Operating System 8 also includes a head-up display.

    The front row is outfitted with sports seats where the driver gets electric adjustment and a memory function, and an M steering wheel receives hand-stitched Walknappa leather, while upholstery options are Vernasca leather in black or Mocha for the M340i xDrive; the M Sport Pro version gets the selection of Tacora Red in place of Mocha (brown).

    Also included are the storage compartment package, automatic air-conditioning, ambient lighting, automatic anti-dazzle interior rear-view mirror and a powered glass roof, while audio is by a Harman Kardon surround sound system.

    For driver assistance systems in the M340i xDrive, there are Parking Assistant (Park Assist, Park Distance Control, Lateral Parking Aid, Reverse Assist Camera) and Driving Assistant (lane departure warning, front collision warning with brake intervention, rear crossing warning with brake intervention, rear crossing traffic warning, rear collision warning, speed limit info, manual speed limit assist, and cruise control with braking.

    Paint finishes for the facelifted BMW M340i xDrive in Malaysia are comprised of Alpine White, Black Sapphire, M Portimao Blue, M Brooklyn Grey, Skyscraper Grey as well as the Melbourne Red finish seen on the car photographed here.

     
     
  • 2023 BMW 330i facelift updated in Malaysia – adaptive M suspension replaces stiff M Sport set; from RM300k

    2023 BMW 330i facelift updated in Malaysia – adaptive M suspension replaces stiff M Sport set; from RM300k

    2023 BMW 330i M Sport facelift, Malaysian debut

    Alongside the Malaysian market debuts of the G20 BMW M340i xDrive and 330Li M Sport comes an update to the 330i within the 3 Series range.

    Launched locally in January this year, the facelifted 330i now gets adaptive M suspension in place of the regular, fixed-rate M Sport suspension, and along with it a price hike of RM2,000 to RM319,800 (with the extended warranty and service package, or RM299,600 without), from the initial RM317,800 at its January arrival.

    Being the 330i, this continues to be powered by the B48 turbocharged inline four-cylinder petrol engine that outputs 258 PS from 5,000 rpm to 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 1,550 rpm to 4,400 rpm, which are output to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

    In terms of claimed performance figures, 0-100 km/h is elapsed in 5.8 seconds, and top speed is 250 km/h. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are claimed to be 6.6 l/100 km and 148 g/km, respectively.

    2023 G20 BMW 330i M Sport facelift update specifications (right) – click to enlarge

    Exterior kit for the 2023 M Sport includes a set of 18-inch double-spoke alloys in the Style 848 M bicolour finish measuring 7.5J in front and 8.5J at the rear, shod in run-flat tyres measuring 225/45R18 in front and 255/40R18 at the rear.

    Inside, the 330i M Sport continues to feature the Curved Display that consists of a 12.3-inch driver instrument display with head-up display and a 14.9-inch control display. Included is the Connected Package Professional that brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with Remote Services and ConnectedDrive services with Intelligent Emergency Call and Teleservices.

    Interior conveniences continue to include three-zone automatic air-conditioning, comfort access, electric front seat adjustment with driver’s seat memory function, ambient lighting, a through-loading system for extra-long parcels, a storage compartment package and a wireless device charging tray.

    Safety kit on the 330i M Sport is comprised of the Driving Assistant package that brings lane departure and lane change warning, front collision warning, rear crossing traffic warning, rear collision prevention and speed limit information. Within the Parking Assistant package is Active Park Distance Control, Reversing Assistant, Lateral Parking Aid and a reverse assist camera.

    See the full specifications and details on the facelifted G20-generation BMW 3 Series on CarBase.my .

    GALLERY: 2023 BMW 330i M Sport

     
     
  • 2023 BMW 330Li M Sport facelift in Malaysia – LWB G28 LCI gets comfort suspension, sunroof, fr RM306k

    2023 BMW 330Li M Sport facelift in Malaysia – LWB G28 LCI gets comfort suspension, sunroof, fr RM306k

    As promised, BMW Malaysia has launched the 2023 BMW 330Li M Sport facelift in Malaysia. Alongside the updated M340i, the long-wheelbase G28 LCI completes the refreshed 3 Series range, and is priced from RM305,600 with the standard two-year warranty, or RM325,800 with the five-year extended warranty and service package.

    This makes the 330Li exactly RM6k more expensive than the standard-wheelbase 330i, RM27k dearer than the 330e and RM42k over the base 320i. Still, the new comfort-biased variant is RM66k less the more performance-oriented M340i xDrive. Compared to the pre-facelift 330Li, however, the LCI version sees a full RM20k price hike with the extended warranty package.

    The facelifted bits aside, the 2023 330Li pretty much carries over the exact same formula as the outgoing LWB model. It gets more premium and passenger-oriented specifications, with highlights including a comfort suspension system, a panoramic sunroof and Sensatec leather-covered dashboard. As before, the 330Li gets unique trapezoidal exhaust exits instead of round pipes on the 320i, 330e and 330i.

    Compared to the pre-facelift version, it gets the full M Sport LCI accouterments – sharper styling with slimmer headlights, double-bar kidney grille (finished in all-black extended Shadowline here), updated interior with the Curved Display taken from the i4, toggle switch gear selector and now-standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, i.e. no longer a chargeable extra.

    The wheels are the exact same 18-inch double­spoke style 848 items, matching both the pre-FL 330Li and the updated 320i/330e/330i. Behind them are the standard braking system as per the 320i though, and not the upgraded M Sport blue-caliper setup fitted on the 330e and 330i. Exterior colour options are limited to Carbon Black, Mineral White, M Portimao Blue and Skyscraper Grey, all matched to brown Mocha interior.

    Specific to the 330Li is the higher-riding and softer comfort suspension system (passive, non-adjustable), compared to the fixed M Sport suspension on the base 320i and adaptive suspension on the 330e and 330i (the latter launched in January 2023 with M Sport suspension, updated in March with adaptive dampers alongside a RM2k price increase). Matching this is the standard steering system instead of variable sport steering on the other variants.

    Inside, the G28 LCI is further embellished with galvanic control knobs (an upgrade over other variants), but it does get standard piano black/Aluminium interior trim and comfort seats rather than M Sport items. M Sport-specific steering wheel and anthracite black headliner are still in place, thankfully, as is the 10-speaker HiFi loundspeaker system (one up over the six-speaker setup in the 320i).

    As goes without saying, the 330Li’s wheelbase remains 110 mm-longer than the rest of the G20 range, with all of it going to the rear door/seat section. As per the pre-facelift LWB model, the rear seats are fixed and non-foldable.

    2023 BMW 330Li M Sport facelift in Malaysia – LWB G28 LCI gets comfort suspension, sunroof, fr RM306k

    Click to enlarge.

    For power, it goes unchanged, matching the 330i with its B48 2.0 litre turbo making 258 PS and 400 Nm of torque, linked to a Steptronic Sport eight-speed torque converter automatic sending power to the rear wheels. The 330Li is heavier than the 330i, so it takes 6.2 seconds to complete the 100 km/h sprint (0.4 sec slower), though the top speed remains at 250 km/h. BMW claims an average fuel consumption figure of 6.4 litres/100 km.

    In the safety department, it gets Driving Assistant as standard. The pack includes Lane Departure Warning with active steering interventions, Lane Change Warning, Front Collision Warning with brake intervention (AEB), Rear Crossing Traffic Warning, Rear Collision Warning, Speed Limit Info and manual Speed Limit Assist. Still no ACC and Level 2 autonomous driving though.

    You can watch our review of the pre-FL 330Li here, which should match the updated version rather closely apart from the updated styling. And now that the local 3 Series LCI range is complete, which one would be your pick, and why? Discuss below.

    See the full specifications and details on the facelifted G20-generation BMW 3 Series on CarBase.my .

     
     
  • 2023 BMW M340i xDrive facelift in Malaysia – 387 hp / 500 Nm 3.0L, online-only M Sport Pro; from RM392k

    2023 BMW M340i xDrive facelift in Malaysia – 387 hp / 500 Nm 3.0L, online-only M Sport Pro; from RM392k

    The arrival of the facelifted BMW 3 Series range in Malaysia in January this year brought the announcement that the M340i xDrive and long wheelbase 330Li are to arrive in this market in March, and here they are – we take a look at the 3.0 litre performance variant here.

    This time, the performance variant of the facelifted 3 Series is sold in two forms – the M340i xDrive at RM391,800, and the M340i xDrive M Sport Pro at RM396,800, the latter being an online exclusive which commands a pre-booking fee of RM3,000. Prices are on-the-road without insurance, and with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty and free scheduled servicing.

    Also included in the purchase price for each are BMW Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline, the BMW Group Loyalty Plus mobile app, the BMW Privileges card, and BMW Service Online.

    Specifications for the 2023 G20 M340i xDrive, M340i xDrive M Sport Pro – click to enlarge

    The heart of the M340i xDrive is its 3.0 litre turbocharged petrol inline-six cylinder engine that produces 387 hp and 500 Nm of torque, sending drive to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, enabling the 0-100 km/h acceleration run to be done in 4.4 seconds while top speed is limited to 250 km/h.

    Meanwhile, further performance-oriented hardware on the M340i xDrive include the M Sport differential, Adaptive M suspension as well as variable sport steering.

    Standard exterior kit on the M340i xDrive is comprised of adaptive LED headlamps with High Beam Assistant, M exterior mirrors, Style 791 M Bicolour 19-inch double-spoke M alloy wheels, which house M Sport brakes with blue callipers. Rounding up the exterior visual signature on the M340i xDrive is the M Aerodynamics and M High-Gloss Shadowline trim packages.

    M Sport Pro specification for the G20 M340i xDrive LCI

    For a RM5,000 premium, stepping up to the M Sport Pro brings an appearance package that includes 19-inch Style 892 M double-spoke wheels in Bicolour Jet Black, M lights Shadowline, M Sport brake callipers in high-gloss red, M high-gloss Shadow Line with an extended content pack comprised of the kidney grille frame and slats in high-gloss black and the M rear spoiler in sapphire black.

    Inside, driver instrumentation is by a 12.3-inch Information Display, joining a 14.9-inch touchscreen control display for infotainment. The BMW Live Cockpit Professional setup includes a head-up display, running on the latest version of BMW Operating System 8.

    Also included in the M340i xDrive are Comfort Access, Remote Software Update and BMW ID, the Connected Package Professional (Remote services and smartphone integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), Intelligent Emergency Call, Teleservices and ConnectedDrive Services.

    Sports seats are specified for the driver and front passenger, the former getting a memory function along with electric adjustment. The M steering wheel gets hand-stitched Walknappa leather, and is combined with the headliner in anthracite and aluminium rhombicle anthracite as part of its M Interior trim package.

    M340i xDrive LCI interior in M Sport Pro specification; click to enlarge

    Interior upholstery for the M340i xDrive features Vernasca leather in black or Mocha, while the M Sport Pro specification swaps the Mocha colour choice for Tacora Red.

    Also added here as standard are the storage compartment package, automatic air-conditioning, ambient lighting, automatic anti-dazzle interior rear-view mirror and a powered glass roof. Audio in the M340i xDrive comes courtesy of a Harman Kardon surround sound system; optionally available is the M Sport package Pro which adds the M colourway for the seat belts.

    Driver assistance systems in the M340i xDrive include Parking Assistant (Park Assist, Park Distance Control, Lateral Parking Aid, Reverse Assist Camera) and Driving Assistant (lane departure warning, front collision warning with brake intervention, rear crossing warning with brake intervention, rear crossing traffic warning, rear collision warning, speed limit info, manual speed limit assist, and cruise control with braking.

    Exterior colours for the facelifted G20 BMW M340i xDrive are Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Melbourne Red, M Portimao Blue, M Brooklyn Grey and Skyscraper Grey; paint selection for the M Sport Pro specification shares the range, except with the omission of Melbourne Red and Skyscraper Grey from the original palette.

    See the full specifications and details on the facelifted G20-generation BMW 3 Series on CarBase.my, and on the M340i xDrive in particular, here.

    GALLERY: G20 BMW M340i xDrive LCI, UK market

    GALLERY: BMW M340i xDrive facelift with M Performance Parts

     
     
  • 2023 BMW 3 Series G20 LCI facelift review – minor upgrades but less user friendly interior

    2023 BMW 3 Series G20 LCI facelift review – minor upgrades but less user friendly interior

    The BMW 3 Series has been a hallmark of the German brand for almost five decades. Now in its seventh generation, the venerable compact executive sedan is known for its all-roundedness, fulfilling the Goldilocks principle of size, handling, performance, practicality and styling.

    As competent as it may be, the G20 3 Series, like its predecessors, was always due for an update in the years after its release in 2018. That’s precisely what happened last year, as BMW gave its core model a facelift, or Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) if you prefer BMW speak.

    So, just how did BMW improve the G20 to keep it relevant while the company focuses on readying its Neue Klasse? Are the changes significant enough to warrant existing owners to trade up? We were brought to Germany to find out for ourselves.

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  • 2023 BMW 3 Series facelift – walk-around video of the G20 LCI in 3 flavours: 320i, 330i, 330e, from RM264k

    2023 BMW 3 Series facelift – walk-around video of the G20 LCI in 3 flavours: 320i, 330i, 330e, from RM264k

    The G20 BMW 3 Series facelift was launched in Malaysia yesterday and here’s a walk-around video of the refreshed sports sedan. We’re getting the G20 LCI in three flavours – the 320i, 330i and 330e, all exclusively available in M Sport trim. Yes, this time around, every 3 Series – even the base 320i – comes with the sportiest looks. And suspension.

    The CKD locally assembled 3 Series LCI range starts from RM283,800 for the 320i, going up to RM317,800 for the 330i. The 330e plug-in hybrid is priced at RM298,800, all on-the-road without insurance, but with BMW’s five-year unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service. Without the extended warranty package, the prices are RM263,600 (320i), RM278,600 (330e) and RM297,600 (330i).

    Under the hood of the pure petrol models is the B48 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the familiar eight-speed torque converter automatic sending drive to the rear axle. The 320i’s has 184 PS/300 Nm and a 0-100 km/h time of 7.4 seconds, and top speed is 235 km/h. The 330i’s more powerful version of the same engine gets a big bump to 258 PS/400 Nm, good for a 5.8 seconds sprint and 250 km/h top speed.

    The 330e is as fast to 100 km/h and has a 230 km/h top speed from a total system output of 292 PS/420 Nm. The plug-in hybrid is assisted by a 109 PS/265 Nm electric motor integrated into the ZF gearbox – when fully charged, the motor alone powers the car for an EV experience up to 50 km, below 140 km/h. The PHEV is 245 kg heavier than the 330i (1,845 vs 1,600 kg) and has a boot that’s around 100 litres smaller (375 vs 480 litres).

    As mentioned, this is the first time that the entire 3 Series range is M Sport-only from launch, and BMW Malaysia says that its decision is based on customer demand.

    The M Sport package includes a honeycomb mesh for the central air intake, M aerodynamics package in gloss black, Shadow Line trim, small M badges on the sides, M entry sills, M pedals (and footrest), sports seats, black headlining and an M specific instrument cluster display. There’s also M badging on the keyfob.

    Amazingly, all three variants wear the same 18-inch five twin-spoke alloys with staggered tyre sizes (wider rears), which means that they all look virtually the same, which is of course a boon to 320i buyers. As for suspension, the 320i and 330i ride on M Sport suspension while the 330e gets adaptive suspension. No comfort suspension, but BMW Malaysia hinted that the upcoming LWB 330Li could have the more forgiving setup.

    Inside, the big news is the introduction of the BMW Curved Display, an impressive long screen that combines a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch central touchscreen, running BMW Live Cockpit Professional on the latest BMW Operating System 8, which features BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. A head-up display is standard.

    Screen aside, the dashboard now matches that of the i4 EV and the traditional gear lever has all but disappeared, replaced by a stubby selector. Black Vernasca leather is the default upholstery, but 330i and 330e owners can opt for Mocha. The 320i has six speakers while the ’30’ models have 10. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard, and free.

    2023 BMW 3 Series facelift – walk-around video of the G20 LCI in 3 flavours: 320i, 330i, 330e, from RM264k

    In the safety department, we have Driving Assistant as standard. The pack includes Lane Departure Warning with active steering interventions, Lane Change Warning, Front Collision Warning with brake intervention (AEB), Rear Crossing Traffic Warning, Rear Collision Warning, Speed Limit Info and manual Speed Limit Assist. Still no ACC and Level 2 autonomous driving though.

    The 2023 BMW 3 Series facelift starts from RM283,800 for the 320i, while the 330i goes for RM317,800. The 330e PHEV retails for RM298,800. Prices include BMW’s five-year unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service programme, which comes along with roadside assistance, the BMW Group Loyalty+ app, BMW Privileges Card and BMW Service Online.

    Watch the walk-around video above as we show you what’s new and what’s cool about the latest 3 Series. Also, check out this post comparing the LCI and original G20 side-by-side. Then, have your say in the comments below – what do you think of the 3er’s latest looks and features?

    GALLERY: 2023 BMW 330i M Sport

    GALLERY: 2023 BMW 330e M Sport

    GALLERY: 2023 BMW 320i M Sport

     
     
  • 2023 BMW 3 Series facelift launched in Malaysia – CKD G20 LCI 320i from RM264k, 330e RM279k, 330i RM298k

    2023 BMW 3 Series facelift launched in Malaysia – CKD G20 LCI 320i from RM264k, 330e RM279k, 330i RM298k

    Here it is, the G20 BMW 3 Series facelift has been launched in Malaysia. Felt like just yesterday that the current 3er surfaced? The G20 made its debut in October 2018 and the “Life Cycle Impulse” was revealed in May 2022, all within the usual timeframe despite the pandemic.

    Locally, the G20 was launched by BMW Malaysia in March 2019, first as a CBU 330i before the CKD version appeared half a year later. The much awaited entry-level variant, the 320i, surfaced in January 2020. Later that year, the 330e plug-in hybrid and the M340i xDrive joined the local range.

    For the G20 LCI, BMW Malaysia is kicking off with three variants, the 320i, 330i and 330e, all exclusively available in M Sport trim. No Sport, and God forbid Luxury, because all Malaysians want is ///M. By the way, the pre-facelift 320i was launched as a Sport, before a Runout Edition added on M Sport trim.

    UPDATE: BMW has launched the M340i and 330Li G20 LCI models in Malaysia.

    2023 BMW 3 Series facelift launched in Malaysia – CKD G20 LCI 320i from RM264k, 330e RM279k, 330i RM298k

    Now, the CKD locally assembled 3 Series LCI range starts from RM283,800 for the 320i, going up to RM317,800 for the 330i. The 330e plug-in hybrid is priced at RM298,800, all on-the-road without insurance. We’re not getting the M340i xDrive and long wheelbase 330Li for now, but BMW Malaysia has confirmed that two more variants are coming in March – it could well be those two.

    The facelift retains all that is good about the handsome G20, with no drastic changes such as the polarising giant kidney grille we see in larger BMWs. But there’s no shortage of differentiation, headed by the new headlamps with distinctly different boomerang-style LED DRLs and the smoothening of the pre-facelift’s trademark notch between the beams. We’ve done a very deep dive into the styling changes, and you can compare new and old here.

    Absolutely nothing wrong under the hood so the 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engines continue along with the familiar Steptronic Sport eight-speed torque converter automatic, which sends drive to the rear axle.

    2023 BMW 3 Series facelift launched in Malaysia – CKD G20 LCI 320i from RM264k, 330e RM279k, 330i RM298k

    The 320i’s B48 has 184 PS/300 Nm and a 0-100 km/h time of 7.4 seconds, and top speed is 235 km/h. The 330i’s more powerful version of the same engine gets a significant bump to 258 PS/400 Nm, which is good for a 5.8 seconds century sprint and 250 km/h top speed.

    The 330e is as fast to 100 km/h and has a 230 km/h top speed from a total system output of 292 PS/420 Nm. The plug-in hybrid is assisted by a 109 PS/265 Nm electric motor integrated into the ZF gearbox, and when fully charged, the motor alone powers the car for an EV experience up to 50 km, until 140 km/h. The PHEV compromise is 245 kg of extra weight over the 330i (1,845 vs 1,600 kg) and a boot that’s around 100 litres smaller (375 vs 480 litres).

    This could well be the first time that all variants of a new BMW are M Sport-only at launch, and the package includes a honeycomb mesh for the central air intake, M aerodynamics package in gloss black, Shadow Line trim, small M badges on the sides, M entry sills, M pedals (and footrest), sports seats, black headlining and an M specific instrument cluster display. There’s also M badging on the keyfob. Count the Ms in this paragraph and win nothing.

    2023 BMW 3 Series facelift launched in Malaysia – CKD G20 LCI 320i from RM264k, 330e RM279k, 330i RM298k

    The shoes are 18-inch M light alloys in a double-spoke style (848 M Bicolour Jet Black) with staggered tyre sizes (wider rears). Surprisingly, all variants get the same rims, which will be good news to 320i buyers. The pre-facelift maxed out at 19″ on the 330i Runout Edition.

    The pure petrol variants ride on M Sport suspension while the 330e gets adaptive suspension. Note that there’s no more comfort suspension as per the regular pre-facelift 320i.

    UPDATE: The BMW 330i was updated with adaptive suspension in March 2023.

    Inside, the big news is the introduction of the BMW Curved Display, an impressive-looking long screen that combines a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch central touchscreen, running BMW Live Cockpit Professional on the latest BMW Operating System 8, which features BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. A head-up display is standard. This setup replaces the pre-facelift’s smaller individual screens and OS7.

    2023 BMW 3 Series facelift launched in Malaysia – CKD G20 LCI 320i from RM264k, 330e RM279k, 330i RM298k

    Screen aside, the layout is familiar, but the traditional gear lever has all but disappeared. Black Vernasca leather is the default upholstery, but 330i and 330e owners can opt for Mocha. By the way, the dashboard now matches that of the i4 EV.

    Digital features that are standard include of Comfort Access, Remote Software Update and BMW ID. Connected Package Professional, which includes digital services such as Remote Services, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (now free, no fee needed), is also present. With the My BMW App, you can access a suite of functions. The 320i has six speakers while the ’30’ models have 10.

    In the safety department, we have Driving Assistant as standard. The pack includes Lane Departure Warning with active steering interventions, Lane Change Warning, Front Collision Warning with brake intervention (AEB), Rear Crossing Traffic Warning, Rear Collision Warning, Speed Limit Info and manual Speed Limit Assist. Still no ACC and Level 2 autonomous driving though.

    2023 BMW 320i M Sport

    There’s also Parking Assistant with Park Assist, Active Park Distance Control, Lateral Parking Aid and Reversing Assist Camera.

    Once again, the 2023 BMW 3 Series facelift starts from RM283,800 for the 320i, while the 330i goes for RM317,800. The 330e PHEV retails for RM298,800. Prices include BMW’s five-year unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service programme, which comes along with roadside assistance, the BMW Group Loyalty+ app, BMW Privileges Card and BMW Service Online. Without the extended warranty package, which you’ll surely want, the prices are RM263,600, RM278,600 and RM297,600 respectively.

    Ever so desirable, isn’t it? What do you think of the 3er’s new look and interior features? For a side-by-side comparison between LCI and the pre-FL, check out this post.

    GALLERY: 2023 BMW 330i M Sport

    GALLERY: 2023 BMW 330e M Sport

    GALLERY: 2023 BMW 320i M Sport

     
     
  • 2022 BMW 3 Series facelift – a detailed look at what’s new on the G20 LCI compared to the pre-facelift

    2022 BMW 3 Series facelift – a detailed look at what’s new on the G20 LCI compared to the pre-facelift

    G20 BMW 3 Series facelift

    The seventh generation of the BMW 3 Series (G20) made its global debut back in October 2018 and was given its first facelift (or Life Cycle Impulse as BMW calls it) this year in May. In this post, we’re taking a much closer look at all the changes made to the compact executive sedan, which will continue to do battle against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4.

    Starting at the front, the facelifted 3 Series is immediately recognisable thanks to its new headlamps. Compared to the original G20, the clusters now have simpler, more angular shape instead of the previous “claw-like” design with a notched bottom section.

    The daytime running lights (DRLs) are also different as a result, adopting a more prominent inverted L-shaped design instead of two U-shaped elements at the base of each headlamp. The revised DRLs point towards the kidney grille, which hasn’t grown larger as we’ve seen on other BMW models, although it is now octagonal in shape.

    G20 BMW 3 Series facelift (left), pre-facelift (right)

    As for the front bumper, the design is dependent on the chosen styling package. The base option on the pre-facelift model features T-shaped elements that integrate the LED fog lamps and air curtains, while the lower intake expands outwards towards them.

    For the facelift, the lower intake gets angular side inserts and an upswept design that blends in neatly with more aggressive crease lines. The T shapes (and fog lamps) are also gone, replaced with trapezoidal elements that continue to integrate the air curtains. Elsewhere, the grille insert has been tweaked so each vertical louvre now has double bars instead.

    Down the sides, there’s still a distinctive character line that runs through the door handles to the tip of the taillights, which remain familiar with their L-shaped light signature. Further down, you’ll still find a creased section originating from the front wheels near the bottom portion of the car.

    G20 BMW 3 Series facelift (left), pre-facelift (right)

    The rear bumper in basic specification is new and is styled to match what’s going on at the front. Strong lines highlight the new shape, while the reflectors no longer sit within T-shaped elements that mirror the pre-facelift car’s front end.

    The popular M Sport package gets an even more aggressive look, with the most obvious design cue being the enlarged, hexagonal-shaped lower intake that rises all the way up to just below the grille – the number plate now sits within the intake as a result.

    The pre-facelift 3 Series equipped with the M Sport package had its fog lamps and air curtains sat in near-squarish sections at the corners of the bumper, but this has been simplified so it’s now just the vertical air curtains and black trim elements forming a “J,” also without fog lamps. On that mention, full-LED headlamps are standard for the new 3 Series, with the step up being an adaptive LED system that is identified by blue accents within the clusters.

    G20 BMW 3 Series with M Sport package; facelift (left), pre-facelift (right)

    Equally as attention-grabbing is the rear, as M Sport-equipped cars will come with a bumper that has a large bottom section in black that extends up the sides. This area is also where you’ll find a diffuser element set between the two exhaust finishers that measure 90 mm or 100 mm in diameter depending on the engine. Another noticeable change is the reflectors, which are aligned vertically on the sides rather thank flanking the base of the boot lid.

    The pre-facelift model’s M Sport package appears tamer by comparison, as there’s less black surfacing, no diffuser element and the sides of the bumper are mainly in body colour and accommodate faux air outlets.

    The M Sport look is also used for the M Performance version of the latest 3 Series, the M340i xDrive. However, the highest available variant before you reach M3 territory does get specific touches to make it stand out further. These include the pinned grille insert at the front and trapezoidal-shaped exhaust finishers at the rear.

    G20 BMW M340i xDrive; facelift (left), pre-facelift (right)

    Unlike the pre-facelift M340i xDrive, the new car also gets M3-style side mirrors. BMW will also offer a range of M Performance Parts, and you can see what a kitted-out example looks like in a separate post we’ve prepared previously.

    While the exterior changes are more evolutionary rather than revolutionary, it’s a different story inside the 3 Series facelift. The star of the show is the BMW Curved Display, which comes as standard and is made up of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster set beside a 14.9-inch central touchscreen. This setup is already used in other cars like the i4 and replaces the previous BMW Live Cockpit Professional system that has a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen in the centre.

    The newer system is powered by BMW Operating System 8 that succeeds OS 7, so users will enjoy a new user interface with nicer graphics, plenty of connected services, media inputs, smartphone connectivity, 5G support and most importantly, the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.

    G20 BMW 3 Series facelift (left), pre-facelift (right)

    BMW’s take on Siri allows users to issue commands to adjust things like the climate control and other vehicle settings up to a certain degree. This allows the cabin to be made more minimalistic, with fewer physical controls compared to the pre-facelift G20.

    For instance, the controls for the standard three-zone climate system are now nestled within the touchscreen, so the row of buttons that were previously beneath the centre air vents are now omitted. The small display between said air vents is also deleted since the status is now constantly display at the bottom of the infotainment screen.

    Other buttons that were removed include the ones to access preset favourites, although you’ll still have a rotary volume dial and buttons to skip or go back through your song catalogue. These are joined by controls for the front and rear demisters as well as the hazard lights.

    G20 BMW 3 Series facelift (left), pre-facelift (right)

    The centre console retains the same matte finish as before, although BMW has gotten rid of the gear lever in favour of a toggle switch. You’ll still get to tinker with the familiar iDrive controller and buttons to access drive modes, driving assistance features and other functions as before. Beyond these changes, the rest of the interior is pretty much identical to the pre-facelift G20, and that includes the design of the steering wheel, regardless of styling package.

    In terms of engines, the base petrol option is the 318i that gets a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 156 PS (154 hp) from 4,500-6,500 rpm and 250 Nm of torque from 1,300-4,300 rpm. This is followed by the 320i that uses the same B48, albeit delivering 184 PS (181 hp) from 5,000-6,500 rpm and 300 Nm from 1,350-4,000 rpm.

    An even more powerful version of the B48 is used in the 330i with 245 PS (241 hp) from 4,500-6,500 rpm and 400 Nm from 1,600-4,000 rpm. With an additional two cylinders, the M340i xDrive uses the B58 3.0 litre straight-six that serves up 374 PS (369 hp) from 5,500-6,500 rpm and 500 Nm from 1,900-5,000 rpm.

    2022 BMW 3 Series facelift – a detailed look at what’s new on the G20 LCI compared to the pre-facelift

    G20 BMW 3 Series facelift

    The M340i xDrive also comes with a 48-volt mild hybrid system that includes a starter-generator capable of providing a boost of 11 PS (11 hp or 8 kW) and helping out with brake energy regeneration and supplying the vehicle’s 12-volt electrical system – this was introduced as part of BMW’s model revision measures as of March last year. In Malaysia, the current pre-facelift M340i xDrive packs 387 PS (382 hp) from 5,800-6,500 rpm.

    There are also several plug-in hybrid powertrains available, including the 320e that has an electric motor rated at 109 PS (107 hp) and 265 Nm, which is integrated into the standard-across-the-range eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.

    This augments a turbo-four with 163 PS (161 hp) from 5,000-6,000 rpm and 300 Nm from 1,350-3,700 rpm for a total system output of 204 PS (201 hp) and 350 Nm. There’s also the 330e that retains the same electric motor but pairs it with the 320i’s engine for a drive system output of 292 PS (288 hp) and 420 Nm.

    2022 BMW 3 Series facelift – a detailed look at what’s new on the G20 LCI compared to the pre-facelift

    G20 BMW M340i xDrive facelift with M Performance Parts

    Diesel options include the 318d, 320d, 330d and M340d xDrive, although diesel-powered BMWs aren’t something we get these days. All-wheel drive is available for selected powertrains, be it diesel, petrol or plug-in hybrid.

    So, after this going through this deep dive into the changes made to the 3 Series facelift, what do you think? Does the updated car look better than its predecessor? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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  • 2022 BMW 3 Series facelift debuts – G20 LCI gets new headlamps, grille; widescreen display for interior

    2022 BMW 3 Series facelift debuts – G20 LCI gets new headlamps, grille; widescreen display for interior

    Here it is, the new BMW 3 Series facelift. First previewed by the i3 in March this year, the seventh-generation G20 LCI (Life Cycle Impulse if you prefer BMW speak) receives a series of updates to ensure it remains competitive against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class as well as the Audi A4.

    Starting with the exterior updates, the latest 3 Series’ standard full-LED headlamps are now slimmer and recontoured, so they no longer have a “claw-like” design like before. To match, the daytime running lights, which double as turn indicators, also gain a new inverted L-shaped signature. Adaptive LED headlamps are available as an option, identified by the blue strips around the DRL elements and on the upper edge of each cluster.

    If you’re concerned about the size of the 3er’s snout, don’t worry. BMW hasn’t made the kidney grille significantly larger, but it has been reshaped to be slightly more octagonal and there are even double bars with chrome accents for “a more powerful look,” the German carmaker says.

    What has gotten bigger is the central intake in the lower apron, which is hexagonal in shape and joined by sharp creases leading into L-shaped sections at the corners of the new bumper. These integrate the front parking sensors as well as air intakes in high-gloss black that help to cool the brakes.

    2022 BMW 3 Series facelift debuts – G20 LCI gets new headlamps, grille; widescreen display for interior

    As for the rear, there’s now a large, diffuser-like element that connects to the vertical reflectors at the sides. This entire bottom section is finished in black for contrast and there are still circular exhaust finishers that measure 90 mm or 100 mm depending on engine variant. The taillights remain unchanged and keep their inverted L-shaped light signature as before.

    It should be noted that this look is what you’ll get if you specify the M Sport package, which also includes other things like variable sport steering and 18-inch M light-alloy wheels with staggered tyre sizes. The package also contains M Sport suspension (not available for the plug-in hybrid powertrains), with adaptive M suspension available as an option.

    On BMW Performance M340i xDrive variants, the grille gets a specific mesh-design insert, trapezoidal-shaped exhaust finishers, an M rear spoiler and a new addition – M exterior mirror caps in high-gloss black. BMW also offers the M Sport package Pro as an extension of the standard package that adds a lot of black accents to the exterior and, M Sport brakes with red calipers.

    Without the M Sport package entirely, the design of the 3 Series is toned down with a central intake that is much smaller and flanked by trapezoidal-shaped corner inlets at the front instead of previous T-shaped ones. Similarly, the rear of the base model loses its T-shaped elements in favour of simpler, horizontal reflectors and a creased bumper. The G20 LCI will be offered as a sedan and G21 Touring (wagon) when it is launched later in July this year.

    Regular G20 BMW 3 Series LCI (left), with M Sport package (right)

    Inside the new 3 Series, the biggest change is the adoption of the BMW Curved Display, also seen in the i4. This is standard across the range and features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster placed next to a 14.9-inch central touchscreen, both powered by BMW Operating System 8.

    The system can now be found in other BMW models and comes with a wide range of connected services, the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, 5G connectivity, personalised user profiles via BMW ID, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, over-the-air (OTA) updates and the ConnectedDrive Store for purchasing additional functions if needed.

    To accommodate the Curved Display, the cabin underwent some slight renovations, starting with the centre air vents that are now slimmer in shape. The favourites row and the small display screen for the climate system found in the pre-facelift model are also gone in the interest of minimalism.

    This approach sees the controls for the standard three-zone climate system be integrated into the larger touchscreen (also controllable via voice commands), although you still get a row of controls ahead of the centre console for basic media controls, the hazards and demisters.

    2022 BMW 3 Series facelift debuts – G20 LCI gets new headlamps, grille; widescreen display for interior

    The centre console itself doesn’t differ much from before, although the gear shift lever has been replaced with a toggle switch instead. As for everything else, it’s as you remember when the G20 made its first appearance back in 2018, right down to the design of the steering wheel.

    In terms of safety and driver assistance systems, a new addition to the standard specification is Park Distance Control with four sensors at the front and rear of the car. Other standard fitments are Front Collision Warning with brake intervention (detects vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists), Speed Limit Display (with Manual Speed Limit Assist) and Lane Departure Warning with lane return.

    Options aplenty too, including a head-up display and Driving Assistant for lane change warning, rear collision warning and rear crossing traffic warning. Step up to the Driving Assistant Professional suite and there’s Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Automatic Speed Limit Assist, Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection, Evasion Assistant, Crossroads Warning and Wrong-way Warning, front crossing traffic warning, Emergency Stop Assistant and Emergency Lane Assist.

    To assist in parking, there’s the optional Parking Assistant with the Reversing Assist Camera, Lateral Parking Aid and the Active PDC (includes Reversing Assistant). Upgrade to the Parking Assistant Plus and BMW throws in Park View, Panorama View and 3D View functions, with the BMW Drive Recorder being a further option if you need a built-in recording camera.

    Finally, powertrains. The new 3 Series comes with a range of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid options to choose from, but let’s start with the first on the list. The base petrol engine is a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit found in the 318i, which is rated at 156 PS (154 hp) from 4,500-6,500 rpm and 250 Nm of torque from 1,300-4,300 rpm.

    Next is the 320i that also uses a turbo four-pot but offers 184 PS (181 hp) from 5,000-6,500 rpm and 300 Nm from 1,350-4,000 rpm instead. The 320i can also be had with all-wheel drive, and the xDrive version gets the same outputs mentioned.

    Moving up the ranks, we arrive at the 330i/330i xDrive, which also has four cylinders and a turbo, but makes a mightier 245 PS (241 hp) from 4,500-6,500 rpm and 400 Nm from 1,600-4,000 rpm. BMW says the three four-cylinder engines now come with an exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head as well as an upgraded turbocharger system for more effective exhaust gas cooling.

    At the top of the petrol-only pack is the M Performance-branded M340i xDrive that swaps out the four banger for a 3.0 litre turbo straight-six making 374 PS (369 hp) from 5,500-6,500 rpm and 500 Nm from 1,900-5,000 rpm. The six-cylinder engine also comes with a 48-volt mild hybrid system that includes a starter-generator capable of providing a boost of 11 PS (11 hp or 8 kW) and helping out with brake energy regeneration and supplying the vehicle’s 12-volt electrical system.

    2022 BMW 3 Series facelift debuts – G20 LCI gets new headlamps, grille; widescreen display for interior

    The mild hybrid system is also applied to all the diesel engines available for the 3er, and this range starts with the 318d with a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel making 150 PS (148 hp) at 4,000 rpm and 320 Nm from 1,500-2,750 rpm.

    Next is the 320d/320d xDrive with 190 PS (188 hp) at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm from 1,750-2,500 rpm, while the 330d/330d xDrive moves up to a 3.0 litre straight-six turbodiesel for 286 PS (282 hp) at 4,000 rpm and 650 Nm from 1,500-2,500 rpm. King of the 3er’s diesel line-up is the M340d xDrive with a straight-six and 340 PS (335 hp) at 4,400 rpm and 700 Nm from 1,750-2,250 rpm on tap.

    Yes, there are a lot of powertrains that can be specified for the 3er, and we’re not done just yet. There are no less than three plug-in hybrid options available, starting with the 320e that gains an electric motor rated at 109 PS (107 hp) and 265 Nm, which is integrated into the transmission. Working with a turbo-four that makes 163 PS (161 hp) from 5,000-6,000 rpm and 300 Nm from 1,350-3,700 rpm, the total system output comes to 204 PS (201 hp) and 350 Nm.

    For more power, you’ll need the 330e/330e xDrive, which retains the same electric motor outputs, but is now paired to an engine with the same figures as the 320i for a drive system output of 292 PS (288 hp) and 420 Nm.

    2022 BMW 3 Series facelift debuts – G20 LCI gets new headlamps, grille; widescreen display for interior

    Every powertrain variant comes with an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission driving the rear wheels by default (save for those with xDrive), while the plug-in hybrids gain a 12-kWh lithium-ion battery under the rear seat to power the electric motor.

    Said battery operates at 354 volts and will take 2.6 hours to get from a 0-80% state of charge with a 3.7 kW AC input. Fully charged, the battery will deliver a WLTP-rated electric range of between 54-62 km (320e and 330e) or 52-60 km (330e xDrive).

    A summary of the performance figures – 0-100 km/h acceleration and top speed – are as follows:

    • BMW 318i – 8.6 seconds; 223 km/h
    • BMW 320i – 7.4 seconds; 235 km/h
    • BMW 320i xDrive – 7.7 seconds; 230 km/h
    • BMW 330i – 5.9 seconds; 250 km/h
    • BMW 330i xDrive – 5.7 seconds; 250 km/h
    • BMW M340i xDrive – 4.4 seconds; 250 km/h
    • BMW 320e – 7.6 seconds; 225 km/h; 140 km/h (electric motor only)
    • BMW 330e – 5.8 seconds; 230 km/h; 140 km/h (electric motor only)
    • BMW 330e xDrive – 5.8 seconds; 230 km/h; 140 km/h (electric motor only)
    • BMW 318d – 8.3 seconds; 218 km/h
    • BMW 320d – 6.9 seconds; 235 km/h
    • BMW 320d xDrive – 7.2 seconds; 228 km/h
    • BMW 330d – 5.3 seconds; 250 km/h
    • BMW 330d xDrive – 5 seconds; 250 km/h
    • BMW M340d xDrive – 4.6 seconds; 250 km/h

    2022 BMW 3 Series facelift debuts – G20 LCI gets new headlamps, grille; widescreen display for interior

    The above powertrains and figures are for the sedan version of the 3 Series, while the forbidden fruit for us that is the Touring shares many of the same options, including the 318i, 320i, 330i, 330i xDrive, M340i xDrive, 320e, 330e, 330e xDrive, 318d, 320d, 320d xDrive, 330d, 330d xDrive and M340d xDrive. The wagon version does have one option that the sedan doesn’t, and that is the 320e xDrive that is essentially the sedan’s 320e but with all-wheel drive.

    So, there you have it, the new 3 Series. What do you think of the changes that BMW has made to one of its core models, specifically regarding the design? Is the facelifted model better looking compared to what we currently have here? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

    GALLERY: 2022 BMW 3 Series facelift (G20 LCI)

    GALLERY: 2022 BMW 3 Series Sedan facelift (G20 LCI)

    GALLERY: 2022 BMW 3 Series Touring facelift (G21 LCI)

    GALLERY: 2022 BMW M340i LCI

     
     
 
 
 

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