G28 BMW 3 Series Gran Sedan in Thailand gets new 320Li luxury variant – from RM309k; Malaysia next?

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BMW Thailand presented a new base variant of the G28 BMW 3 Series Gran Sedan (we know it as the 3 Series LWB in Malaysia), the 320Li Luxury joining the 330Li M Sport available since February.

Priced at 2.469 million baht (RM309,420), the 320Li Luxury is considerably cheaper than the 330Li M Sport which costs 2.899 million baht (RM363,429), with both figures including the BSI Standard package which includes a period three-year, unlimited mileage plus free maintenance for three years or 60,000 km (whichever comes first).

In the 320Li version, the engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol B48 that delivers 184 hp (181 hp) from 5,000 to 6500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque from 1350 to 4000 rpm. This is paired with an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission that sends the command to the rear wheels, allowing a 0-100 km / h in 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 235 km / h.

The 330Li also uses the same B48 shredder, but with higher powers of 258 PS (255 hp) from 5,000 to 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm from 1,550 to 4,400 rpm. It also receives an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission, is fastest in the sprint of the century (6.2 seconds) and has a higher top speed (250 km / h).

In terms of equipment, the 320Li comes with the Luxury Line appearance pack, which is more understated compared to the aggressive look of the M Sport kit of the 330Li, and there is also no Shadow Line pack to come. BMW Individual high-gloss. The two-tone wheels are the same size as the 330Li at 18 inches, but they now carry a multi-spoke design and the tires are no longer staggered sizes, with 225/45 profiles all around.

Other differences include the lack of a head-up display, the Harman Kardon sound system (there’s a regular HiFi setup instead), and the M Sport steering wheel in the 320Li, while the interior finishes are in oak wood. fine-grained, open-pored rather than aluminum tetragon. Most obvious is the absence of the Driving Assistant suite, so no AEB, lane departure warning, lane change warning, forward collision warning, cross traffic warning and rear collision prevention.

Common elements between the two variants include LED headlights with high beam assist, power tailgate, Comfort Access keyless entry, panoramic glass roof, black Vernasca leather upholstery, power front seats with memory function , a dashboard lined with Sensatec, ambient lighting system, three-zone air conditioning, the Live Cockpit Professional system and ConnectedDrive services. It’s also still a passive rather than an active cruise control system.

The 320Li in Thailand can be ordered in cashmere silver or mineral white (no carbon black option), the former only available with Moka decorative stitching; the latter has two options: Moka and Cognac.

We previously reported that the 3 Series Gran Sedan sold in Thailand is actually completely imported from Malaysia, assembled by BMW Group Malaysia at the Inokom plant in Kulim, Kedah. As such, there is a possibility that we will get a lower 320Li variant in the future, although there is no confirmation if this will happen again.

With the current sales tax exemption, the 330Li M Sport in Malaysia is currently priced at RM277,164 OTR without insurance and with a standard two-year, unlimited mileage warranty. Looking at the 3 Series Gran Sedan lineup in Thailand, the 320Li is around 15% cheaper than the 330Li, and by extrapolation, a 320Li here could be around the RM235k mark.

This is by no means definitive, but the extrapolated sum is about RM 5,000 more than the 320i Sport which costs RM 230,764. The gap between the standard 330i M Sport and 330Li M Sport wheelbase is not that far at near RM6k, for more context. So, is a cheaper long-wheelbase 320Li something that might interest you?

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