October 22, 2020, Kuala Lumpur – BMW Malaysia has introduced two additional variants, the 330e M Sport and M340i xDrive that joins the currently available, and also locally assembled 320i Sport and 330i M Sport.
BMW 330e M Sport
The current G20 generation 3 series now comes in a plug-in hybrid form with this introduction. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine that outputs 184 hp and 300 Nm of torque at 1,350 to 4,000 rpm while the electric motor contributes an additional 111 hp and 265 Nm of torque.
Together the system provides 292 hp and 420 Nm of torque that is able to propel the 330e to 100 kph from a standstill in just 5.9-seconds onto a top speed of 230 kph. All this is driven through an 8-speed Steptronic sport transmission.
What is special for this new generation model is the XtraBoost function that enables the full 292 hp on tap for a short period, and is accessible via the Sport drive mode, in manual mode or via the kickdown.
Pure electric driving range is stated at 56 km when fully charged (which takes about six hours via a home wall plug or under four hours with the faster and can be used at speeds of up to 140 kph.
As an overall package, the 330e M Sport features the same exterior design look as the 330i M Sport – which includes the 18-inch M double spoke bicolour rims and the M aerodynamics package.
On the inside, customers have a choice of either black or cognac leather upholstery, and is paired with an aluminium tetragon interior trim finishers.
The driver instrument cluster is BMW’s fully digital 12.3-inch Live Cockpit Professional while the Navigation system is a 10.25-inch touch display.
Driver assistant systems include Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning and front collision warning with brake intervention, rear cross traffic warning and rear collision prevention. There’s also Cruise control with braking and the Parking assistant with Reversing assist.
The BMW 330e M Sport is priced at RM 268,800 with SST, although with the current sales tax exemption, prices will be at RM 264,414 until the end of 2020.
BMW M340i xDrive
For those unfamiliar with the M340i, this is essentially the flagship for the standard 3 series range.
In terms of power, the turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six cylinder engine outputs 387 hp and 500 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm. All this grunt goes to an 8-speed Steptronic sport transmission and to the xDrive all-wheel drive system. The century sprint takes 4.4-seconds onto a top speed of 250 kph.
Because this is the flagship, the suspension is also specially tuned, and features a lowered 10mm adaptive M suspension that can be electrically adjusted at any time to suit the driving conditions. But with sheer power, there must also be sheer stopping power. Here the M340i is fitted with M Sport brakes – four-piston fixed callipers at the front and single-piston floating callipers at the rear.
Setting itself apart from the other 3 series’ in the local scene is Laser light with high beam assistant on the outside, but as a visual distinguisher, 19-inch double spoke M light alloys, M sport brakes with blue callipers and the ‘M’ designation fitted throughout as well as trapezoidal dual-exhaust tailpipe and an M rear spoiler finish the look.
The cabin is a similar affair with M designation steering wheel, aluminum tetragon with highlight trim finishers in pearl chrome, 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, heads up display, sunroof, 12.3-inch Live Cockpit Professional instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touch Navigation system professional.
Driving and parking assistant comes with Lane Change Warning, Crossing Traffic Warning at the rear, Rear Collision Warning, and Speed Limit Assist. It also includes Lane Departure Warning with active steering intervention, as well as the Forward Collision Warning with brake intervention function.
The BMW M340i xDrive is priced at RM 422,800 with SST, although with the current sales tax exemption, prices will be at RM 402,355 until the end of 2020.
Both the 330e M Sport and M340i xDrive comes with BMW’s five-year unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service.