This is it - BMW's huge new grille trend has finally reached Malaysia with today's launch of the all-new 2021 BMW (G22) 430i M Sport Coupé. Prices for the fully-imported (CBU) sports car starts from RM 405,600 sans extended warranty and service package.
In case you haven't heard, BMW's prior 5-year warranty and service package is now optional. Should you pick this option, then the 430i M Sport will be priced from RM 418,800 for you.
What is the 430i M Sport Coupé?
BMW terms this, uh, controversial design as the brand's 'latest headway in the pursuit of bespoke design' and having seen it in person, it really doesn't look as bad as some people make it out to be.
The company also says that the high-gloss chrome kidney grilles - which feature seemingly-floating ornaments that form a honeycomb pattern - pays homage to iconic models in the company's history, such as the 1930s' BMW 328.
Looking at it from the side, the short overhangs and long doors (which are the longest BMW's ever made, how's that for trivia?) contribute to a lithe figure that flows fluently into a relatively-muted rear end.
Keen eyes will spot that the new 430i is ever so slightly longer, wider, and taller than its F32-generation predecessor:
|G22 430i vs F32 430i|
|Model||G22 430i||F32 430i|
|Length (mm)||4,768 (+130)||4,638|
|Width (mm)||1,852 (+27)||1,825|
|Height (mm)||1,383 (+6)||1,377|
|Wheelbase (mm)||2,851 (+41)||2,810|
And since ours wears the M Sport outfit, the 430i gets the M Aerodynamics Package, BMW LaserLights, and Shadow Line trimmings.
Hiding behind the 19-inch style 797 M bicolour wheels are M Sport brakes, denoted by the M insignia and light blue calipers.
Rather sporty interior
The interior is a rather sporty place to be in. Standard fitments are sports front seats, Vernasca leather upholstery (with Sensatec instrument panel covering), Anthracite headliner, and M-specific stripes on the seatbelts.
Behind the M Sport leather steering wheel sits a 12.3-inch, fully-digital BMW Live Cockpit Professional instrument cluster. In-car entertainment comes from a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system that pipes sound through 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system.
Luxury touches include ambient lighting with 11 preset patterns, velour floor mats, and triple-zone automatic climate control.
This won't be the car you'd shove a cabinet from Ikea in but if you really have to know, the 430i has a 440-litre boot, as well as 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats.
Turbocharged RWD power!
Powering the 430i is a 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder mill churning 258 PS and 400 Nm of torque, with power sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
It's claimed the coupé can run the century sprint in just 5.8 seconds, before hitting its top speed of 250 km/h.
One more thing - BMW claims the upgraded transmission nets shorter shift times and contributes to a claimed improved fuel efficiency figure of 6.6 litres/100 km.
Safety - ADAS is standard
Safety wise, here's what the 430i comes with:
- 6 airbags
- Cruise control with braking function
- Front collision warning with brake intervention (FCW, AEB)
- Blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert (BSM, RCTA)
- Rear collision warning (RCW)
- Lane departure warning (LDW)
- Lane change warning (LCW)
- Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
- Cornering brake control (CBC)
- Dynamic stability control (DSC)
- ISOFIX mounts
- Surround-view camera
What else was launched?
Other than that, there also were the facelifted 2021 Mini Cooper S Countryman and SE PHEV.