CKD 2021 BMW X7 due for Thailand, Malaysia to follow soon?

Arif · Jan 27, 2021 02:50 AM

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BMW Thailand is preparing for the launch of the locally-assembled (CKD) BMW X7.  Since its launch in Thailand in March 2019, the BMW X7 has been an imported (CBU) from USA. 

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South-African-spec BMW xDrive30d

Headlightmag reports that the Thai-CKD BMW X7 will be the BMW X7 xDrive30d with a 3.0-L twin-turbo inline-6 diesel engine (265 PS/620 Nm), 8-speed auto transmission, and AWD.

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In Malaysia, the BMW X7 is currently only available in the petrol-powered xDrive40i variant (340 PS/450 Nm). As a CBU from USA, the BMW X7 starts at RM 861,846.72 (with 50% sales tax reduction).

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Europe-spec BMW X7 xDrive30d

Most BMW SUVs on sale in Malaysia like the BMW X1, BMW X3, BMW X4, and BMW X5 are already assembled in Kulim. The only exceptions are the X2 and X6.

Even the flagship BMW 7 Series (740 Le), is assembled in Kulim, so it's not too far-fetched for the BMW X7 to follow.

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Europe-spec BMW X7 xDrive30d

Besides USA, Thailand is the only other country in the world to assemble the BMW X7 (beginning 2021). They can't be the only country in the region to do so.

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With the CBU BMW X7 starting at RM 861,846.72 (with 50% sales tax reduction), the CKD version will most likely start at a much more attractive price. (For reference, the BMW X5 45e starts at RM 440,745 while the BMW 7 series (740 Le) starts at RM 569,052)*.

*without insurance and SST

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Arif

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Previously an engineer in an automotive manufacturing company and a highway concessionaire. A part-time research student on biofuels and diesel engines. Obsessed with vehicle electrification and the future of transportation.

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