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