BMW Malaysia has added an electrifying variant to its 3 Series lineup with the launch of the 2020 G20 BMW 330e M Sport. It promises to deliver the best of both worlds with a sportier and more efficient driving experience.
The 330e M Sport is launched alongside the powerful M340i. Both models are locally-assembled (CKD) at BMW Malaysia’s plant in Kulim, Kedah.
Exterior and Interior
On the outside, the 330e M Sport comes with a sporty exterior that is enhanced by the adaptive LED headlights and slim 3D L-shaped LED taillights. It wears 18-inch M light alloy wheels in double-spoke style 790 M Bicolour with staggered-sized tyres.
The interior of the plug-in hybrid features sleek Aluminium Tetragon interior trim finishers along with the BMW Individual headliner anthracite. It also comes with a sporty M leather steering wheel, 3-zone automatic air-conditioning, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment display.
That display is running on BMW Operating System 7 with BMW ConnectedDrive services as standard. It is also Apple CarPlay-ready and comes with a 10-speaker HiFi Loudspeaker system with 205 W amplifier sound. There’s also wireless charging available (for smartphones, not the car).
Under the hood, the 330e M Sport is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder with XtraBoost technology and is paired to an 8-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission. The combined maximum output is 292 PS and 420 Nm.
BMW claims a fuel consumption of 2.2 L/100 km with a 0-100 km/h time of 5.9 seconds.
The XtraBoost feature can be activated by switching to Sport mode through the Driving Experience Control switch. It is designed to provide a much more intense acceleration experience. This can also be done during kickdown manoeuvres and after shifting the gear selector switch to the M or S position.
Completing the M Sport performance are the M Sport brakes, adaptive M Sport suspension, and a variable sports steering for sportier handling.
Safety and assistance
In terms of driving assistance, the 330e M Sport comes with the Driving Assistant Professional which includes lane departure warning, lane change warning, front collision warning with brake intervention (AEB), rear crossing traffic warning and rear collision prevention.
It also comes with cruise control with braking function. This is not to be mistaken as an adaptive cruise control function as it merely only applies brakes when going downhill.
The plug-in hybrid Bavarian also comes with Parking Assistant featuring reverse assistant. The reverse assistant records the last 50 metres of travel below 35 km/h for a better experience when reversing through narrow streets.
Colours and pricing
The BMW 330e M Sport is available in 5 colours which are Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Portimao Blue, Mineral Grey, and Sunset Orange. Inside, customers can choose a choice of either Black or Cognac Leather Vernasca upholstery with black décor stitching.
The plug-in hybrid G20 is priced at RM 264,613 without SST which will be valid until 31-December 2020 (RM 268,800 with SST). It will be available at all authorised BMW dealers starting 24-October 2020. Customers can also book the new model online at RM 1,000.
There is also a limited-time offer on the extended hybrid battery warranty of up to 8 years or 160,000 km, whichever comes first. This offer is valid on purchases made on the 330e M Sport until 31-December 2020.