BMW Malaysia have finally inducted the new generation 3 Series (G20) into its local assembly (CKD) program, which in turn allowed the firm to slash the sport saloon’s price in the process too.
To refresh your memory, the new generation 3er was launched earlier this year as a fully imported (CBU) offering in single 330i M Sport guise that retailed for a whopping RM328,800. Yes, back then, this smaller-sized sport saloon commanded the same price as the entry-level yet larger-sized (and locally assembled, too) BMW 520i Luxury (G30).
This newly announced CKD version sees BMW Malaysia retaining the 330i M Sport guise still, but the tax incentives granted through local assembly sees its price slashed down to RM288,800, marking a sizable RM40,000 reduction here.
Price aside, the news only gets better as it appears that BMW Malaysia haven’t down-specced the 330i M Sport in this new CKD form either. In short, features found in the CBU version remain unchanged in this CKD version.
Leading the bill is of course BMW’s signature 2.0-litre TwinPower 4-cylinder turbo mill churning out 258bhp and 400Nm of twist. Both are sent to the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic box, granting a 0-100kph time of 5.8 secs, 250kph claimed V-Max, as well as a claimed 6.4 litres/100km fuel economy rating.
Oily bits aside, the CKD version see much of the high-tech features found in the CBU version retained too. Notable highlights include the digital instrument display, as well as a digital infotainment screen with novel voice-command function.
Other note-worthy premium features retained include leather upholstery, cabin ambient lighting, Intelligent Personal Assistant and Digital Key, not forgetting both Park Assist and Reverse Assist features, as well as the M Sport trimline-specific multi-function steering wheel.
Unchanged too are the comprehensive after-sales coverage that’s included in the aforementioned asking price. This consists of a 5-year, unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service, 2-year/24-month run-flat tyre warranty, accident and breakdown assistance, access to BMW Service Online, as well as BMW White Card perks through the BMW Group Loyalty+ Mobile App.