2021 G30 BMW 5 Series LCI (facelift) Malaysian launch teased – No more 520i?

CY Foong · Mar 22, 2021 11:00 AM

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Change is a-coming! So says BMW Malaysia in their recent social media posts on Facebook and Instagram as the G30-generation LCI (facelift) BMW 5 Series could be arriving here sooner than expected.

Malaysia’s leading premium brand posted a teaser post with the caption “Make way for change”. In the post are two side profiles of the front and rear of the G30 LCI.

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BMW Malaysia has also put up a registration form on its online shop for those interested to know more about the 5 Series facelift. The website only lists 2 variants, the 530i M Sport and the 530e M Sport.

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Pre-facelift 520i Luxury shown, will it be dropped for the LCI?

The outgoing pre-facelift 5 Series is available with 3 variants. Apart from the aforementioned two, there is also the 520i Luxury. Could BMW Malaysia be dropping this variant to make way for the 3 Series long wheelbase, 330Li, or perhaps could this variant be launched at a later date?

Also read: Spied: 2021 BMW 330Li spotted on a trailer, are they Malaysia- or Thailand-bound?

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TH-spec G30 LCI shown

The facelifted 5 Series made its global debut last year and it gained a more streamlined and cleaner look on the outside while the interior gets a larger 12.3-inch centre screen, up from 10.25 inches.

Also read: 2021 G30 BMW 5-Series LCI (facelift) to launch in Malaysia by June, earlier than W213 E-Class

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On the other hand, the powertrains could be largely unchanged given that the B-series engines are fairly new. The same goes for the ZF 8-speed automatic transmission which we praised quite thoroughly.

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TH-spec G30 LCI shown

Early this year, BMW Thailand launched the G30 5 Series facelift. Over in the Kingdom, the executive sedan is offered in 3 variants, the 520d M Sport, 530e Elite, and 530e M Sport. Prices for the 5 Series facelift start from THB 2.999 million.

Also read: 2021 G30 BMW 5 Series facelift (LCI) launched in Thailand, from RM 405k

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Outgoing MY-spec 5 Series pre-facelift shown

Meanwhile, prices for the outgoing locally-assembled (CKD) pre-facelift 5 Series are as follows, on-the-road without insurance:

  • RM 388k for the 530i M Sport
  • RM 339k for the 530e M Sport
  • RM 329k for the 520i Luxury

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We're still waiting...

We can expect the prices for the G30 LCI to be nearly similar to the aforementioned prices. So, would you choose the G30 LCI BMW 5 Series or wait a little longer for the facelifted W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

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CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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