BMW 320i Sport Nets Infotainment Upgrade For RM 4k More

The 320i Sport locally now comes as standard with BMW Live Cockpit Professional. 

Just a year after arriving on our shores, BMW Malaysia has already given the 320i Sport a mild update. With mild being the operative word here, as the only thing new with this base-model 3-er is the addition of its Live Cockpit Professional infotainment system. 

An update that brings the 320i Sport more in line with its more premium offerings within the wider local 3-Series lineup, the BMW Live Cockpit Professional system introduced this time round brings with it a fully-digital 12.3-inch instrument display that replaces a 5.1-inch multi-info display with analogue dials from before. Also new is a larger 10.25-inch central infotainment display, which succeeds the standard 8.8-inch unit fitted to the car previously. 

Complementing these larger screens too is the inclusion of BMW Operating System 7, adding a more modern interface with larger tiles, over-the-air software updates and the voice-command Intelligent Personal Assistant feature. That however does sum up the updates this time round, as the rest of the 320i Sport remains the same as when it first launched a year ago. 

On the outside for instance, the 320i Sport still features its Sport Line exterior package. Other exterior features like adaptive LED headlights, LED taillights, LED fog lights and 18-inch V-spoke style 780 two-tone alloy wheels are similarly retained too. 

Moving on under the hood meanwhile, the 320i Sport continues to be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot that outputs 184 PS and 300 Nm of torque. Paired to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox that drives the rear wheels, BMW claims for it to take 7.1 seconds to complete the century sprint and climb onward to a top speed of 235 km/h.

Speaking of driving, this updated 320i Sport still retains the Driving Assistant and Parking Assistant suite of safety features. Much to no one’s surprise too, the Vernasca leather interior of this base-level 3-er is still to be topped off by various luxury accoutrements like a tri-zone climate control system, power-adjustable front seats, a six speaker sound system, and the comfort access hands-free tailgate. 

What is perhaps a surprise though is that with this new infotainment upgrade, the price of the 320i Sport locally has now crept up by RM 4,000 to an SST exempt price of RM 243,883.65 (with the extended warranty and service package included). Seeing however that this particular locally-assembled spec of 3-Series was the best-selling model of BMW Malaysia last year, the slight price hike for the better tech is probably not going to be a very big issue for many prospective buyers. 

PRESS RELEASE: BMW Malaysia today introduced the latest generation of the New BMW 320i Sport, now up-to-date with the latest infotainment system to cater to the ever-evolving digital needs of the modern-day customer. The new variant reinforces BMW’s strong portfolio of locally-assembled premium sports sedans in Malaysia.

Hans de Visser, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia said, “The hallmark of Sheer Driving Pleasure for the BMW brand, the BMW 3 Series is a remarkable sports sedan that we are proud to locally assemble here with all-new technological updates for our customers in Malaysia. The BMW 320i Sport has delivered close to 2,000 units since its January 2020 release, and this success comes as no surprise for the best-selling premium sports sedan in Malaysia. This new addition serves to prove our consistent investments in the local automotive industry, in hopes to continue driving its recovery in the year ahead.”

The latest generation of the BMW 320i Sport now arrives with the new BMW Live Cockpit Professional infotainment system to provide users a fast overview of important information on their everyday drive with enhanced convenience and accessibility. The upgraded information cluster can now be configured more individually than ever before, offering owners the luxury of personalisation in their preferred BMW vehicles. 

Updated for contemporary mobility – the New BMW 320i Sport.

The New BMW 320i Sport continues to impress as the world’s best-selling premium sports sedan with a classic BMW 3 Series design language that inspires sporting fascination. Following in the footsteps of its most recent predecessor, both the front LED fog lights and the air curtains integrated into the outer air intakes are inserted into the front apron in a horizontal T. The variant is also further equipped with sporty 18-inch light alloy wheels in V-Spoke Style 780 Bicolour. 

The New BMW 320i Sport retains the 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo petrol engine, paired with the 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission. The premium sports sedan is capable of generating a top speed of 235 km/h, with a maximum output of 184 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm and a peak torque of 300 Nm at 1,350 – 4,000 rpm. Accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds, the New BMW 320i Sport also consumes 6.3 litres of fuel per 100 km and generates 144 g/km of CO2.

The premium sports sedan is now refreshed with the new state-of-the-art BMW Live Cockpit Professional, designed with a drive-focused orientation. The upgraded information cluster that consists of the central information display and instrument display cluster also received updates, with the former now equipped with a new 10.25-inch display featuring a resolution of 1920×720 – a step up from the previous 1280×480 on an 8.8-inch display. The instrument display cluster, on the other hand, features a new large 12.3-inch display, a significant increase from the previous 5.1-inch.

The focused and fully-configurable display also features a minimalistic, uniform appearance that offers more space in the centre for navigation and other important information prioritised by the driver. The selected Driver Experience modes in Sport, Comfort and Eco Pro are also displayed with a consistent colour and visual treatment across the instrument cluster and centre display.

The New BMW 320i Sport also features a new rev counter with counter-clockwise RPM movement, along with the fuel level, speed and engine temperature presented in tube rings. Configurable functions and widgets include the sports scoreboards, driving data, fuel consumption and efficiency, as well as the G-Force meter and radio or media playback.

The New BMW 320i Sport continues to offer segment-leading innovation such as the Reversing Assistant for hands free, semi-autonomous convenience when reversing in narrow streets, along with the Rear View Camera that is fitted as standard – powered by the latest BMW Operating System 7.0. 

The New BMW 320i Sport also arrives with the advanced BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant that is a voice-activated feature providing the driver with a complete and convenient control over the vehicle settings, navigation, and entertainment systems. The system can be activated via a simple “Hey BMW” expression or an individual personal activation word. Additionally, the BMW ConnectedDrive continues to equip owners with the Intelligent Emergency Call and Teleservices which reacts automatically if an accident occurs.

The New BMW 320i Sport is offered in five colours, namely Phytonic Blue, Black Sapphire, Alpine White, Mineral Grey and Sunset Orange, paired with premium Black Leather Vernasca upholstery. 

In accordance with the latest Movement Control Order, dealerships will be closed for physical viewing and customers are encouraged to view the New BMW 320i Sport at Customers may also contact their preferred dealers for further information.

Dynamic financial programme. 

With the Balloon Financing Plan from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia, the New BMW 320i Sport can be owned with a monthly instalment plan starting from RM 2,708.00 (based on estimates of an 80% loan on a five-year tenure).

Complete premium ownership experience.

Owners of the New BMW 320i Sport will receive the complete BMW Group Malaysia Premium Ownership experience which includes:

  • BMW 5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service Programme
  • BMW Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline
  • The BMW Group Loyalty+ Mobile App – BMW Privileges Card
  • BMW Service Online

The retail price for the New BMW 320i Sport with Extended Warranty and Service Package, without SST (on the road, without insurance) is:

The New BMW 320i Sport: RM 243,883.65

Joshua Chin

Automotive journalist. Professional work on and Personal writing found at Instagram: @driveeveryday

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