BMW: The X1 sDrive20i M Sport and 320i Sport are the first 2020 additions in Malaysia
New year, new cars
The German automaker is a massively popular brand and that comes with no surprise. BMW is known for a lot; with luxury and performance being some of them. BMW's prowess is also rather apparent in Malaysia—just spot the amount of BMW vehicles on roads in Kuala Lumpur. For 2020, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry aims to strengthen the automotive industry. With that, BMW Malaysia has decided to introduce two new variants to the portfolio of locally-assembled vehicles: the BMW X1 sDrive20i M Sport and BMW 320i Sport. Are these fresh new rides worth checking out? Find out below.
BMW X1 sDrive20i M Sport
With a two-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a seven-speed Steptronic Dual Clutch Sport transmission, the vehicle has a top speed of 224 kilometres per hour. Moreover, the X1 sDrive20i M Sport takes only 7.6 seconds to get from zero to 100 kilometres per hour. When it comes to fuel consumption, it is 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres of travel.
In addition to performance, these are some interesting characteristics of the X1 sDrive20i M Sport's exteriors. First of all, you will notice that the two halves of the kidney grille are now joined at the centre. Furthermore, the front bumper is also redesigned and integrated with LED fog lights plus larger air intakes. Spot the hexagonal shape of the LED headlights' tubes; do you agree that the design makes the new model look more dynamic? As for the wheels, the X1 sDrive20i M Sport comes with 18-inch M light alloy wheels.
Now, let's get into the car and have a look at the interiors of the X1 sDrive20i M Sport. The trim finishers are in aluminium and comes equipped with a 8.8-inch touchscreen navigation system. There are many things you can do with the infotainment system—from controlling entertainment and navigation functions to accessing BMW ConnectedDrive services.
The BMW X1 sDrive20i M Sport is available in four colours: Misano Blue, Black Sapphire, Alpine White, and Mineral Grey. They all comes with Black Leather Dakota upholstery with perforations. You will be able to get them from 13 January 2020 at the starting price of RM233,800.
BMW 320i Sport
There is a new addition to the BMW 3 Series lineup and it's the 320i Sport. It has the ability to go from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in 7.1 seconds as well as a top speed of 235 kilometres per hour. For every 100 kilometres of travel, the BMW 320i Sport consumes 6.3 litres of fuel. All these are in addition to the two-litre TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission.
The 320i Sport comes with 18-inch light alloy wheels in V-Spoke Style 780 Bicolour. What really stands out is the integration of the front LED fog lights and the air curtains into the outer air intakes. Fun Fact: the above became a design feature for classical racing cars after the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) first made it for the intake air in jet engines. Interesting, indeed!
On the inside, some notable features include the Sport leather steering wheel, interior trim finishers in aluminium "Mesheffect", and three-zone automatic climate control. Apart from that, you will also spot the BMW Live Cockpit Plus—with 8.8-inch touch sensitive control display and an analogue instrument cluster with 5.7-inch display. What else is there to know about the BMW 320i Sport? Firstly, it is powered by the BMW Operating System Six. Secondly, the Reversing Assistance aims to help you reverse with more ease in narrow streets. Thirdly, Near Field Communication (NFC) technology is employed by the BMW Digital Key so compatible cell-phones can be used to lock and unlock (plus start the engine) without actually needing a physical key.
The BMW 320i Sport is available in five colours: Mediterranean Blue, Black Sapphire, Alpine White, Mineral Grey, and Sunset Orange. They all come with Black Leather Vernasca upholstery. Available from 10 January 2020, the starting price of the 320i Sport is RM243,800.
For more information about the vehicles, visit this website.