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Published on July 16th, 2021 | by Joshua Chin

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BMW 330Li M Sport Lands Locally Costing RM 277k

The increase in wheelbase also tacks on an extra RM 6k to the price of the standard BMW 330i. 

Now to those who think that their 3-Series is just a little bit too tight in the rear, there is good news as BMW Malaysia has just announced that the stretched 330Li M Sport is now on sale over here. Coming ahead of it being previewed earlier this year, this new addition to the locally-assembled 3-er lineup is now available for purchase at a price of RM 277,164.22 (inclusive of sales tax exemption). 

Costing about RM 6k more than the conventional 330i, what this extra outlay essentially nets is a 110 mm increase in the overall length of the 3-er. All of which has been added between the wheels, for a 42 mm increase in rear passenger legroom and 10 extra litres of boot space. 

There has also been a slight increase in overall height of this stretched 3-Series too, by all of 6 cm over its shorter sibling. This has nevertheless yielded an extra 4 cm of headroom within the cabin of the 330 Li. 

In continuing on the topic of things that are larger with this longer 3-Series, the 330Li’s century sprint time is naturally slightly larger than its 330i counterpart too. Featuring the same 2.0 litre turbocharged four-pot and eight speed automatic transmission pairing that sends 258 hp and 400 Nm of torque to the rear wheels, the longer car takes 0.4 seconds more to get to 100 km/h from a standstill than its shorter equivalent (6.2 s vs 5.8s). 

This slightly slower acceleration time however does help somewhat in BMW’s effort to position this 330Li as a comfortable cruiser, in contrast to its shorter and sportier 330i sibling. Such is evidenced by the fact that despite its M Sport designation and various M sport accoutrements, this longer 3-er apparently comes with regular Servotronic steering and comfort suspension instead. 

Moving on inside too, there are now electrically adjustable comfort front seats and a panoramic glass sunroof fitted to the 330Li. Though the mention of its different 18-inch M light alloy wheels (taken from the 4-Series) and new trapezoidal style exhaust tips just about sum up all the major equipment distinctions between this stretched 3-er and its shorter sibling, with further information regarding its full specs available in the press release down below. 

The 330Li M Sport is on sale at all authorised BMW dealerships nationwide starting today. Owing to the ongoing Movement Control Order, prospective buyers for this stretched 3-er are encouraged to view and book their cars through the BMW Shop Online platform instead. 

PRESS RELEASE: BMW Malaysia today confirmed its pricing for the First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport which was officially revealed on 9th April 2021, empowering customers to explore a new space in sportiness with the first-ever long wheelbase variant in its compact executive sedan portfolio for the Malaysian market.

Hans de Visser, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia said, “We are pleased to commence booking for the latest addition to our portfolio of locally-assembled premium vehicles in Malaysia: the First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport. Following our successful performance in the first half of 2021 globally, we believe the first-ever locally-assembled long-wheelbase BMW 3 Series model will continue to bring joy to our customers in Malaysia as it opens up an avenue for BMW customers and enthusiasts to experience Sportiness in New Dimensions.”

The First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport, Malaysia’s first-ever locally assembled BMW 3 Series in the long wheelbase variant, promises to deliver the great value impression and enhanced premium perception of the BMW 3 Series, now also complete with the New My BMW App for greater digital interaction between driver and vehicle. Practicality through enhanced space and comfort aside, the elongated body of the First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport provides an elegance in design that flows seamlessly from front to end.

An elegant composition of comfort and sportiness.

The kidney grilles of the First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport precedes the sporty yet sophisticated design language of the vehicle, arriving in black struts distinctively framed in chrome. Flanking the grilles are state-of-the-art Adaptive LED Headlights capable of automatically adjusting to varying road conditions. 

From the sides, an increased overall length of 4,819mm (+110) and an increased wheelbase length of 2,961mm (+110mm) form the main visual differentiator of the First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport from the current BMW 330i M Sport, accompanied also by an increased height of 1,441mm (+6mm) relative to the latter. Elegance of the new sedan is enhanced with the new dynamic silhouette design, framed with the BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line, and complete with a slight coupé-like roofline. 

Other features that complete the exterior of the First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport are the M Aerodynamics and M Sport Packages, a set of 18” M light alloy wheels in Double-Spoke style 848 M bicolour with mixed tyres and run-flat tyres, double-sided exhaust tailpipe finishers with a trapezoidal design in the rear, as well as the panorama glass roof, and welcome light carpet on both sides.

At the heart of the First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport is a four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol engine capable of a maximum output of 258 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm and a peak torque of 400 Nm at 1,550 – 4,400 rpm. Power is transmitted via a Steptronic Sport transmission. Accelerating from 0-100 km/h is done in only 6.2 seconds, and the new sedan’s top speed is capped at 250 km/h. Fuel consumption is marked at 6.4 litres per 100 km of travel, while carbon emission is measured at 147 g/km.

As for the interior, a modern ambience and luxurious design are paramount, with interior trim finishers in Aluminium Tetragon with highlight trim finishers in Pearl Chrome furnishing the cabin. The new dimensions are reflected in an increase of 4mm in headroom compared to the 330i M Sport, as well as an additional 42mm legroom available for rear passengers – providing unparalleled spatial comfort and luxury. Boot space is measured at 480 litres, improved with the storage compartment package that offers more stowage possibilities.

In the cockpit, drivers are greeted with an M leather steering wheel and M-specific pedals. For greater utility, automatic anti-dazzle function is also equipped for both interior and exterior mirrors, as well as electric seat adjustment with memory function for the driver. Other interior highlights of the First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport are velour floor mats, ambient lights with 11 predefined lighting designs, automatic air-conditioning with three-zone control, and a HiFi loudspeaker system for entertainment on the road. The Comfort Access System that also comes standard provides an added layer of convenience for owners of the First-Ever 330Li M Sport.

The infotainment, navigation and driver display systems in the First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport come in the form of the BMW Live Cockpit Professional with a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument display, as well as the BMW Navigation System Professional with 10.25” touch sensitive display. Instrument panel in Sensatec and Galvanic Embellishers for controls further lends an exclusive ambience to the interior, integrating functionality and luxury. 

To enhance convenience and assistance, the First-Ever 330Li M Sport comes comprehensively equipped with Cruise Control with braking function, Parking Assistant with rear view mirror, and the BMW Active Pedestrian Safety system. Driving Assistant also comes standard and includes features such as lane departure warning, lane change warning, front collision warning, cross traffic warning and rear collision prevention. The Intelligent Emergency Call functionality also ensures live assistance and support are available at all times. 

Owners will now be able to have greater digital interaction with the First-Ever 330Li M Sport via the new My BMW App that provides easy access to a wide range of remote services, on-the-go navigation, and e-mobility features. The application will replace the BMW Connected App come July 2021, and is now available for download on both Android and iOS-enabled smartphones.

The First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport comes in two colour offerings – Mineral White and Carbon Black. Leather Vernasca upholstery in Mocha with black stitching complement both the exterior colour offerings.

The First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport is available at all authorised BMW dealerships nationwide from 16th July 2021. However, in accordance with the latest Movement Control Order, dealerships will be closed for physical viewing and customers are encouraged to view the First-Ever 330Li M Sport online via the BMW Shop Online platform at https://shop.bmw.com.my/. 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 First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport can be owned with a monthly instalment plan starting from RM 3,078.00 (based on estimates of an 80% loan on a five-year tenure).

Complete premium ownership experience.

Owners of the First-Ever BMW 330Li M 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 pricing for the First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport with Sales and Services Tax Exemption (on the road, without insurance) is:

The First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport: RM 277,164.22

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