The latest-generation BMW 3 Series has been around for a time in Malaysia. And, like its rival, BMW decided to introduced a stretched version of its beloved 3 Series line-up. It’s the 330Li (L being Limousine) and it means more room at the rear, for passengers and luggages. Here’s what we’ve uncovered on a first impression:
The 330Li is locally assembled for cost effective reasons. The price of the 330Li has been revealed at RM 300,800. As a stretched version, it is slotted between the regular 3 and 5 series.
At a glance, it is obviously longer than the standard 3 Series, by 11 cm. The length increase comes from the wheelbase, which means there’s 42mm more legroom.
The 330Li M Sport is a little taller than the standard 3 Series. The car’s height is at 1441mm, that’s 6 mm more than the regular 3 Series. And yes, headroom is upped by 4mm. A panoramic roof is added for a good cause and gives an impression of a larger cabin space.
In the engine department, it remains true to the 2.0l bi-turbo that churns 258bhp and 400Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via the 8 speed Steptronic transmission. BMW claims a 0-100kph time of 6.2 seconds, slower than the standard 3. Top speed is capped at 250kph.
The stretched 3 Series is offered in 2 color options Mineral White and Carbon Black, along with Vernasca leather in Mocha color with black stitching. The rest of the interior and creature comforts are similar to the 3 series, with the same 12.3 inch instrument cluster and 10.25 inch infotainment touchscreen.
M Sport makes it to the fore
As with all models from BMW M’sia, most cars come with M Sport trims. The 330Li has the M Sport package with the familiar bodykit, trapeziodal exhausts and 18-inch wheels in twin-spoke style 848 M bicolor.
The BMW 330 Li M Sport retails for RM 300,800 at showrooms nationwide, includes BMW warranties and owner’s benefits.