Key BMW personnel present at the event are Alan Harris (MD & CEO, BMW Group Malaysia) and Sashi Ambi (Head, Corporate Communications, BMW Group Malaysia). The face-lifted 3 Series (or LCI, which stands for Life Cycle Impulse in BMW speak) will come in 5 variants; the 318i Luxury (replacing the entry 316i), 320i (in Sport and M Sport guises), 320d M Sport and 330i M Sport.
While most of the differences in the incoming models lie underneath the body, there are some minor tweaks to design that may interest BMW’s more detail-oriented fans. Perhaps the most prominent change in the new 3 Series would be its headlamps and tail lamps: all made from LEDs (the fog lights are also made from LEDs, absent in the 318i Luxury and 320i Sport variants). Daytime running lights (DRLs) are now positioned above the headlights, which BMW claims accentuate its trademark styling and kidney grilles.
Its tailpipes have also undergone a minor change: 75mm diameter single in the 318i and 70mm diameter twin in the rest of the offerings. The 318i and 320i are shod in 17-inch rims, while the 320d and 330i come with 18-inch rims. Underneath, BMW has made some changes to the drivetrain, chassis, suspension, and the interior. For the first time in Malaysia, the full shebang BMW ConnectedDrive suite will be available in the 3 Series.
Engine-wise, the 318i gets a lower-tuned i8 3-cylinder 1,499cc engine, churning out a claimed 134.10hp (@4,500-6,000rpm) and 220Nm of torque (@1,250-4,300rpm) while the 320i and 330i gets new 1,998cc TwinPower Turbo engines: 181.04hp @5,000-6,500rpm & 290Nm @1,350-4,250rpm, and 248.09hp @5,200-6,500rpm & 350Nm @1,450-4,800rpm respectively. The diesel engine in the 320d is the only engine carried from its predecessor (1,995cc: which, we are told, would also be changed in the near future). BMW claims the 320d offers 187.74hp (@4,000rpm) and 400Nm (@1,750-2,500rpm) of torque from the 2-litre engine.
Like most contemporary premium vehicle offerings, fuel consumption is low by default. BMW claims the 318i gets 5.1l/100km (or 19.61km/l, combined cycle) and CO2 emissions of 119g/km, while the 2-litre offerings give out 128g/km (320i, 5.58l/100km or 17.92km/l) and 143g/km (330i, 6.1l/100km or 16.39km/l). The diesel 320d wins in fuel frugality by a significant margin, with claimed consumption figures of 4.0l/100km (25km/l) while emitting 106 g/km (by comparison, the 1.6-litre engine in the Proton Prevé gives out 171 g/km of CO2). Thank BMW’s TwinPower Turbo and its host of engine efficiency technologies for this.
There are a bunch of standard colour options available if you are interested in getting the newest range of F30s. All variants are available in Alpine White and Mineral Grey, while the 318i Luxury has Black Sapphire, Imperial Blue and Platinum Silver. The 320i Sport’s additional colours are Glacier Silver, Melbourne Red and Mediterranean Blue, while the 320i M Sport, BMW 320d M Sport and the BMW 330i M Sport are available in Black Sapphire, Glacier Silver and Estoril Blue. Standard Dakota leather colours are also available for the more refined individuals: Black, Saddle Brown and Oyster/Black.
BMW 318i Luxury Line – RM 208, 800.00
BMW 320i Sport Line – RM 238, 800.00
BMW 320i M Sport – RM 258, 800.00
BMW 320d M Sport – RM 268, 800.00
BMW 330i M Sport – RM 308, 800.00