Locally-assembled 2020 BMW 218i Gran Coupe launched in Malaysia, from RM 211k

CY Foong · Oct 8, 2020 04:00 PM

Locally-assembled 2020 BMW 218i Gran Coupe launched in Malaysia, from RM 211k 01

After making its rounds around the city, BMW Group Malaysia has launched the 2020 BMW (F44) 2 Series Gran Coupe at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur today. Only one variant is available, the 218i Gran Coupe M Sport which is assembled locally at the Inokom plant in Kulim.

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The 218i Gran Coupe starts from RM 211,367 on-the-road, without insurance, and exempt from SST which is valid until 31 December 2020. The F44 shares the same UKL2 modular platform as the F40 1 Series and as such is front-wheel drive.

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Locally-assembled 2020 BMW 218i Gran Coupe launched in Malaysia, from RM 211k 01

Powering the lone variant of the local F44 is a 1.5-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder B38 petrol engine (140 PS/220 Nm) that is paired with a 7-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission. BMW claims it can go from 0-100 km/h in 8.7 seconds and has a top speed of 213 km/h.

Locally-assembled 2020 BMW 218i Gran Coupe launched in Malaysia, from RM 211k 02

Locally-assembled 2020 BMW 218i Gran Coupe launched in Malaysia, from RM 211k 03

The F44 retains a similar love-it-or-hate-it look of the 1 Series with an added boot at the back. However, this isn’t a regular sedan, it’s a Gran Coupe so the side profile has a very sleek and sporty 4-door coupe style complete with frameless doors.

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The 218i Gran Coupe M Sport comes equipped with 18-inch Style 819 M Bicolour alloy wheels on run-flat tyres, an M Aerodynamics package, and a front ornamental grille in high-gloss chrome.

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Inside, you’re greeted with black Leather Dakota upholstery, M-specific pedals, sport seats for the front occupants, and an M leather steering wheel. The F44 also comes equipped with an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay support, a wireless charging pad, and automatic air-conditioning with dual-zone control.

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In terms of driving aids, the 218i Gran Coupe M Sport comes with the following:

  • Lane Change Warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Warning
  • Rear Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning with active steering intervention
  • Forward Collision Warning with brake intervention

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It also comes with cruise control with braking function and auto-parking in the form of BMW’s Parking Assistant with Reversing Assistant.

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The 218i Gran Coupe M Sport is available in 5 colours which are Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Snapper Rock Blue, Storm Bay, and Melbourne Red.

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Customers who are interested in the F44 can also book online at RM 1,000. Owners will be able to enjoy 5-year unlimited mileage warranty along with free scheduled service.

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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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