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

Jason · Mar 9, 2021 04:30 PM

2021 G30 BMW 5-Series LCI (facelift) to launch in Malaysia by June, earlier than W213 E-Class 01

The BMW 5 Series, a perennial favourite in the luxury sedan segment, is set to one up its arch-nemesis, the Mercedes Benz E-Class in our local market. Our sources indicate that the G30-generation LCI (facelift in BMW-lingo) BMW 5 Series will be unveiled in the first half of this year.

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While we await news of the facelifted W213 Mercedes E-Class to be launched in our local market (it has been launched in neighbouring Thailand), BMW is set to steal a march by launching the LCI 5-er earlier, to consolidate its status as the leading premium brand in Malaysia

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

Engine options

2021 G30 BMW 5-Series LCI (facelift) to launch in Malaysia by June, earlier than W213 E-Class 01

As per our previous report, expect engine and transmission options to remain largely the same, and this extend to the plug-in hybrid options. The B-series engines are relatively new, so we'd be very surprised if they don't soldier on. As for the transmission, it's also business as usual for the ZF 8-speed automatic, which we rate really highly.

Also read: 2021 G30 BMW 5 Series LCI coming to Malaysia: Fightback against the W213 Mercedes E-Class

Pricing?

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Again, prices should remain largely the same as the current car. In CKD format, the current model retailed at these prices, 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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If the LCI 5 Series does launch in the predicted timeline, then BMW will be able to take advantage of the extended SST exemption pricing

Conclusion

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This is just the latest salvo in a long-running battle of supremacy between two titans. So, will you pick the LCI G30 BMW 5 Series, or will you hold out longer for the facelifted W213 Mercedes E-Class?

 

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Jason

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Jason's foremost passion is all things automotive, where he spent his formative working years as a Product Planner and Trainer. An Advanced Driving Instructor by training and an all-round enthusiast, Jason loves going into intricate details about driving dynamics. Will drive anything with 4 wheels and a steering.

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