BMW Group AG has appointed Hans de Visser as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BMW Group Malaysia effective 1st May 2021.
De Visser will assume the role and responsibilities from the current Managing Director, Harald Hoelzl who will take on a new role at BMW Group AG.
29 years experience
De Visser brings with him over 29 years of experience in various functions at the BMW Group, having started as a Manager in Marketing Communications at BMW Motorrad, Munich. Before his current role in BMW Russia as the Marketing Director, de Visser served in various Sales and Marketing roles across several markets globally, including the Middle East, Central Eastern Europe, Spain as well as in the BMW Group headquarter in Munich.
Hendrik von Kuenheim, Senior Vice-President Region Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, said, “Hans’ broad experience in various roles in marketing and sales, as well as his international background will be extremely valuable in his new position.”
Harald Hoelzl, current Managing Director and CEO at BMW Group Malaysia will accompany de Visser in his first two months in Malaysia before taking on a new role for the BMW Group in Vienna, Austria.
“I also want to take the opportunity to thank Harald for his work over the last few years in Malaysia. He and his team made BMW Number One in the segment and strengthened the position of the company in the country,” von Kuenheim added.
In his time in Malaysia, Hoelzl led BMW Group Malaysia back to the Number One position with over 52% of the segment’s market share, the highest for the premium automaker in the world.
BMW Group Malaysia also recorded its highest achievements in its Net Promoter Scoring (NPS) for its customer satisfaction, achieving over 90% positive satisfaction responses from customers in their feedback regarding experiences with the BMW and MINI brands in 2020 – the second highest achievement in the BMW Group’s network.
Hoelzl also successfully led BMW Group Malaysia to become the number one Electrified Mobility provider and the number one locally produced automotive assembler in the country.
Auto Bavaria Penang, which recently emerged as the winner of the BMW Excellence Club in the Platinum Category in 2019, has introduced its first-ever dedicated BMW and MINI Service Fast Lane Centre in Malaysia.
Located along Jalan Sungai Pinang in Penang, the new stand-alone centre from Auto Bavaria Penang will complement the services provided by its main facility located along Jalan Anson, Penang. The dedicated maintenance service and repair facility for BMW and MINI vehicles endeavours to get customers back on the road in the shortest time possible.
Quick service and repairs
The new 30,000sq ft BMW & MINI Service Fast Lane Centre is fully air-conditioned with a premium customer lounge, six service bays, and two RATC (Reception at the Car) bays. The centre specialises solely on quick service and repairs with emphasis on regular vehicle maintenance, wear and tear repairs, tyre replacement, cosmetic repairs and more, for better efficiency and time optimisation.
According to Sime Darby Auto Bavaria’s Managing Director, Mr Vi Thim Juan, the Service Fast Lane concept aims to help customers optimise their time while getting the necessary service and repairs for their cars. The cost of service or repair as well as the duration needed to complete the service will be discussed in advance when a customer calls to book for the Service Fast Lane.
“Our Service Fast Lane Centre is designed to fit customers’ routine with minimal interruption. Service appointment scheduling is also flexible, allowing customers to bring in their cars at a time most convenient to them. With Service Fast Lane, service and repairs are done in a fraction of the time while customers sip their coffee and relax at our lounge,” said Vi.
Customers can be assured of receiving cost estimates, including itemised costs for parts and labour beforehand, as Auto Bavaria continues to deliver on its promise of price transparency for customers to make informed decisions about the maintenance of their vehicles.
In conjunction with the new opening, customers who send in their car for service at the BMW and MINI Service Fast Lane centre from 1 to 31 May 2021 will be offered a complimentary 72-point check inspection.
The BMW and MINI Service Fast Lane centre operates six days a week between 8am and 5pm from Monday to Friday, and 8am to 12.30pm on Saturday, except on public holidays. For more information, or to book for a Service Fast Lane service or repair, customers can call 04-2932888.
Sime Darby Auto Selection (SDAS), Malaysia’s fastest-growing corporate multi-brand used car dealer under Sime Darby Motors, is introducing an Extended Warranty Program for pre-owned cars in collaboration with Guard My Ride (GMR) and RHB Insurance.
The new Extended Warranty Program, offers pre-owned vehicle owners peace of mind with comprehensive warranty coverage as well as repair and service for the following:
Transmission oil leaks
Air conditioning system
The programme also offers complimentary towing service to nationwide panel workshops for repair and servicing, insurance coverage and insurance underwriting.
Vehicles with mileage of under 140,000 km and less than 8 years are eligible for the programme which is priced between RM2,200 and RM6,900 per year depending on the vehicle age and type. The Extended Warranty Program can be purchased at SDAS Glenmarie showroom and is also open to customers who purchase pre-owned vehicles from SDAS.
SDAS Managing Director Vi Thim Juan said the company aims to be a one-stop-centre for customers in the pre-owned vehicle market, catering to all their needs which include retail of good quality and thoroughly checked multi-brand pre-owned vehicles, service and repairs, as well as its latest Extended Warranty Program.
“SDAS strives to keep innovating our offerings in anticipation of customers’ needs, and hopefully exceed the demand of our customers. We aim to set ourselves apart from the competition and we are determined to only offer quality products and services that are akin to the 3S centres,” said Vi.
On the collaboration with its partners GMR and RHB insurance, GMR will be the service provider for all the extended warranty claims, towing service and repair work while RHB insurance is the motor insurance and insurance underwriter provider.
From one brand to many
Sime Darby Auto Selection recently expanded its offerings from being a certified BMW Premium Selection dealer to a nationwide multi-brand dealer with several locations in Klang Valley and Johor Bahru today. It is a unit under Sime Darby Motors, one of Asia Pacific’s leading automotive groups actively involved in all facets of the automotive business – from importation and assembly to distribution, retail and rental.
Guard My Ride provides a comprehensive extended warranty service backed by RHB insurance for used and recond car owners, with a definitive focus on being transparent to their customers throughout the whole claims process – on top of having a fast turnaround rate.
Their current partnerships include MyTukar, Evo Malaysia and Sime Darby Auto Selection. Guard My Ride also puts a lot of emphasis on the appointment of panel workshops that aims to provide an excellent standard of car servicing and maintenance quality.
Sime Darby Motors clocked another milestone with the official launch of its automotive facility, Sime Darby Motors City in Ara Damansara earlier this week.
Touted as the largest automotive complex in Southeast Asia, Sime Darby Motors City spans across 8.6 acres with an overall built-up area of 1.3 million square feet over eight levels.
Six brands under one roof
The complex houses six flagship centres featuring ten flagship brands represented by Sime Darby Motors in Malaysia, namely BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, MINI, Motorrad, Porsche and Volvo. It also has an indoor facility capable of housing close to 100 vehicles under Sime Darby Motors’ pre-owned car business Sime Darby Auto Selection.
Integrated with the latest technologies to enrich the overall customer experience at every touch point, the facility boasts almost 200 service bays, approximately 700 customer parking and electric vehicle (EV) charging bays and the capacity to display more than 180 vehicles.
Supporting the facility are approximately 60 Auto Bavaria technicians for BMW, MINI and Motorrad and over 110 certified technicians. This includes technicians who hold the highest level of certification by the principal brands, including the Zertifizierter Porsche Techniker Gold Certification which is streamlined for Porsche technicians worldwide. Brands like Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar and Land Rover also have certifications with the highest being trained as Master Technicians.
Fully digital infrastructure
At the heart of the facility’s digital infrastructure is its Vehicle Tracking Management system which utilises a camera-based parking guide and customisable signages to ensure a higher level of guidance, security and convenience for the customer.
It also allows for quicker collection of vehicles upon completion of service. Internally, the facility’s digitalised infrastructure communicates the status of each vehicle in real-time, ensuring greater efficiencies are achieved.
IoT-powered Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras have also been installed, as part of a contactless self-check-in system, which enables customers’ appointment data to be accessed, upon their arrival.
Concurrently, a service advisor will be alerted and automatically assigned to the customer, allowing for a seamless experience. The deployment of these technologies will be rolled out progressively throughout Sime Darby Motors City.
Once in the showroom, customers can opt for a contactless self-check-in which utilises a QR code system. This will allow customers to be placed immediately in the queue without having to wait to be attended to, allowing for a fuss-free service experience. The introduction of this check-in system will be introduced across all brands at Sime Darby Motors City.
To support these enhancements to the after-sales experience, Sime Darby Motors has also digitalised the business for its sales representatives. This includes the introduction of a mobile application, which has enabled sales representatives to be connected anytime and anywhere with real-time data to better serve customers. With the mobile application, they can now populate and print application forms wirelessly, minimising steps in the administrative process and reducing customers’ waiting time.
Sime Darby Motors City also welcomes partners from our mobility collaborations; SOCAR, Malaysia’s leading car-sharing network and myTukar, Malaysia’s fastest growing online used car trading platform. The complex will have designated parking bays for SOCAR vehicles – ideal for customers dropping off their vehicles for service, and will be a showcase centre for myTukar trade-in vehicles, in collaboration with Sime Darby Auto Selection.
The facility is equipped with specialised EV-certified technicians and designated areas for EV charging, storage and repairs as well, which are currently available at Auto Bavaria, Auto Hyundai, Auto Performance and Swedish Auto.
And then we have Sime Darby Auto Performance which houses a high speed EV charging station that is capable of delivering a maximum of 175 kW, able to provide a near-full charge within 36 minutes, which is at least eight times faster than the fastest Alternating Current (AC) charger available at 22 kW.
The complex is a Green Building Index (GBI) certified facility built with sustainability in mind and incorporates technologies to cultivate a paperless organisational culture.
Grand Launch Weekend
To commemorate the launch, Sime Darby Motors City will be organising a “Grand Launch Weekend” with attractive deals across the six flagship stores between 16 and 18 April 2021. Interested customers are advised to make an appointment, in adherence with the government’s COVID-19 standard operating procedures on crowd control and physical distancing.
BMW Malaysia today unveiled the New BMW X3 sDrive20i – a new addition to their portfolio of locally-assembled SUVs in Malaysia, with an asking price of RM286,674 on the road without insurance.
The latest entry-level variant of the BMW X3 also comes with the New My BMW App for greater digital interaction between driver and vehicle.
The new locally-assembled SUV arrives with the hallmark radiator kidney grille and the xLine package, complemented by LED headlights with Extended Contents inclusive of cornering lights.
19-inch light alloy wheels in Y-Spoke Style 694 with runflat tyres also complete the New BMW X3 sDrive20i. Body details are stylishly accentuated in aluminium, as the new SUV also features the BMW Individual Exterior Line and roof rails both in Aluminium Satinated.
Powering the new BMW X3 sDrive20i is the four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol engine capable of a maximum output of 184 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm and a peak torque of 300 Nm at 1,350 – 4,000 rpm.
The new SUV is capable of a century sprint in 8.2 seconds, and records a top speed of 215 km/h. Paired to the engine is an 8-Speed Automatic gearbox with Automatic Hold Function.
Inside, the BMW X3 sDrive20i is fitted with interior trim finishers in Black High-Gloss with highlight trim finishers in Pearl Chrome, complete with interior and exterior mirrors that are equipped with the automatic anti-dazzle function.
Comfort in the new SUV is elevated with the sport seats for the driver and front passenger, as well as velour floor mats, ambient lighting, and the three-zone automatic air conditioning system. Drivers will also be able to enjoy electric seat adjustment with memory function, while a 12-Speaker HiFi sound system provides endless entertainment for the road ahead.
In terms of digital assistance, the New BMW X3 sDrive20i arrives fully-furnished with the Driving Assistant and Parking Assistant. A premium navigational and infotainment experience is offered via a 10.25-inch touchscreen control display, complemented by a Sensatec Instrument Panel and controls with Galvanic Embellishers. These features are also offered alongside the BMW Live Cockpit Plus and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.
The Intelligent Emergency Call, and the convenient call function with extended smartphone connection also offer safety and convenience to owners of the New BMW X3 sDrive20i. Meanwhile, convenience is offered to the New BMW X3 sDrive20i via the Comfort Access System, along with the Storage Compartment Package that equips the new SUV with 550 litres of luggage capacity.
New My BMW App
Owners will now be able to have greater digital interaction with the New BMW X3 sDrive20i via the new My BMW App that provides easy access to a wide range of remote services, on-the-go navigation, and e-mobility features. The application will replace the BMW Connected App come July 2021, and is now available for download on both Android and iOS-enabled smartphones.
Colour offerings for the New BMW X3 sDrive20i include Alpine White, Glacier Silver, Black Sapphire, and Phytonic Blue. All exterior offerings are paired with black Leather Vernasa upholstery with black stitching.
The New BMW X3 sDrive20i is now available at all authorised BMW dealerships in Peninsular Malaysia, and will be available in East Malaysia starting 20th April 2021.
BMW today unveiled the first-ever long wheelbase version of the 3-Series in Malaysia – the BMW 330Li M Sport with an estimated price of RM300,800.
Just like the other variants, the BMW 330Li M Sport, which is also assembled locally, features a front kidney grille with black struts distinctively framed in chrome. Flanking the grilles are Adaptive LED Headlights capable of automatically adjusting to varying road conditions.
How much longer?
Compared to the BMW 330i M Sport, the 3300 Li M Sport is has an increased overall length of 4,819mm (+110), an increased wheelbase length of 2,961mm (+110mm), and also an increased height of 1,441mm (+6mm).
Other features that complete the exterior of the BMW 330Li M Sport are the M Aerodynamics and M Sport Packages, a set of 18” M light alloy wheels in Double-Spoke style 848 M bicolour with mixed tyres and run-flat tyres, double-sided exhaust tailpipe finishers with a trapezoidal design in the rear, as well as the panorama glass roof, and welcome light carpet on both sides.
At the heart of the First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport is a four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol engine capable of a maximum output of 258 hp and a peak torque of 400 Nm.
Power is transmitted via a Steptronic Sport transmission. Accelerating from 0-100 km/h is done in 6.2 seconds, and the new sedan’s top speed is capped at 250 km/h. Fuel consumption is marked at 6.4 litres per 100 km.
The interior is finished in Aluminium Tetragon trim with contrasting finishers in Pearl Chrome furnishing the cabin. The new dimensions are reflected in an increase of 4mm in headroom compared to the BMW 330i M Sport, as well as an additional 42mm legroom available for rear passengers. Boot space is measured at 480 litres, improved with the storage compartment package that offers more stowage possibilities.
In the cockpit, drivers are greeted with an M leather steering wheel and M-specific pedals. For greater utility, automatic anti-dazzle function is also equipped for both interior and exterior mirrors, as well as electric seat adjustment with memory function for the driver.
Other interior highlights of the First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport are velour floor mats, ambient lights with 11 predefined lighting designs, automatic air-conditioning with three-zone control, and a HiFi loudspeaker system for entertainment on the road. The Comfort Access System that also comes standard provides an added layer of convenience for owners of the First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport.
The infotainment, navigation and driver display systems in the First-Ever BMW 330Li M Sport come in the form of the BMW Live Cockpit Professional with a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument display, as well as the BMW Navigation System Professional with 10.25” touch sensitive display. Instrument panel in Sensatec and Galvanic Embellishers for controls further lends an exclusive ambience to the interior, integrating functionality and luxury.
The BMW 330Li M Sport also comes with the usual Cruise Control with braking function, Parking Assistant with rear view mirror, and the BMW Active Pedestrian Safety system. Driving Assistant also comes standard and includes features such as lane departure warning, lane change warning, front collision warning, cross traffic warning and rear collision prevention. The Intelligent Emergency Call functionality also ensures live assistance and support are available at all times.
The 330Li M Sport comes in two colour offerings – Mineral White and Carbon Black. Leather Vernasca upholstery in Mocha with black stitching complement both the exterior colour offerings.
BMW Group Malaysia today introduced the New My BMW App and the New MINI App to enable greater digital personalisation of the Premium Ownership Experience. The new applications will replace the BMW and MINI Connected Apps that are currently in use.
The New My BMW App and the New MINI App both feature a new-look design that is intuitive, offering a simplified user experience and services that will better support individual electromobility in Malaysia.
Now available in over 50 markets worldwide, the new applications arrive with a comprehensive range of functions to make the driver – vehicle interaction more seamless than ever before.
The new applications provide immediate access and management of the vehicle status, with direct contact to the BMW or MINI service centre of choice. The new applications also allow users the convenience of controlling their BMW or MINI vehicle remotely, as well as a range of comprehensive on-the-go navigation and e-mobility services.
The minimalist three-tab structure of the New My BMW App and New MINI App features the Vehicle, Map and Home tabs. The first tab offers access to remote vehicle services that include Active Charging, Vehicle Finder, Remote Lock and Unlock with Climate Charge and the Climate Timer. Exclusive features in the New My BMW App also include the Remote Engine Start and Flashlights, as well as Remote Software Upgrades to ensure users are always up-to-date.
Additionally, users can manage their vehicle service and maintenance requirements via the application – including service and recall alerts, and online appointment scheduling. In an event of a problem, the BMW and MINI Roadside Assistance can also be reached via the new applications. The Driver’s Guide is also available for both BMW and MINI owners in their respective new applications – fully digital and accessible from anywhere, at any time.
E-mobility features available under the Vehicle tab in the New My BMW App and New MINI App include an improved overview of the Fuel/Battery Level, Range and Charging Status, alongside the Charging History feature – which is an all-new function on both applications. The vehicle pre-conditioning function is also available as standard for enhanced comfort.
The Map tab keeps the user informed on the location and the destination along the way, with features such as the Map Search, and Point of Interests (POIs) with all-new e-mobility features that include the Nearby Parking and Charging Spots, Charging Station Details, and reachable POIs.
Users can now also send a destination to the vehicle as well as share location from an external application. For electrified vehicle owners, the new Range Circle on Map helps them identify destinations that can be reached within the current range, based on the current location.
BMW and MINI owners will also be able to explore the Message Center function in the new applications, alongside a profile personalisation feature – where users can add a personalised image to their driver profile. Exclusive to the New My BMW App, the Connected Drive Store can also be accessed in-app, along with the Discover BMW feature.
Users with selected BMW models will also be able to pair their BMW Digital Key with the New My BMW App – currently available on smartphones running iOS only. To use the BMW Digital Key feature via an iPhone, users will need to activate Connected Drive Services and the BMW vehicle must be connected to a BMW ID.
Bye bye BMW Connected
The New My BMW App and New MINI App will completely replace the BMW Connected and MINI Connected applications respectively by July this year. Additionally, users who are already registered under the BMW and MINI Connected applications will not need to register again to sign into the New My BMW App and the New MINI App.
The new applications are now available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
The new 2021 BMW 5 Series is officially here, available for potential owners to register their interest via BMW’s online showroom.
There will be two locally assembled variants, which estimated prices as mentioned below (on the road without insurance, with SST):
BMW 530e M Sport – RM 343,000
BMW 530i M Sport – RM396,000
On the exterior, both variants come with the M Aerodynamics package, and are fitted with larger kidney grilles and slimmer headlights with a new daytime running light design.
The New BMW 530e M Sport comes with Adaptive LED Matrix headlights in addition to the standard LED headlights, while the 530i M Sport is equipped with the BMW Laserlight. Both include the anti-glare BMW Selective Beam high-beam assistant with turning lights, and adaptive cornering function.
The BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line frames the New BMW 530e M Sport, while the New BMW 530i M Sport is framed by the BMW Individual Exterior Line Aluminium Satinated.
The front and rear bumpers on both variants are also redesigned with larger air intakes, alongside new LED taillight elements in the signature BMW L-shape. For the first time, the light source is integrated directly into the taillight’s outermost layer, maximising the 3D effect.
And then we have the new 19-inch M light alloy Y-Spoke 845 M Bi-Colour Jet Black wheels with both mixed and run-flat tyres. The new variants also feature Adaptive Suspension and the M Sport brake with blue-painted M Sport brake callipers with M designation. Along the rear of the new variants are double-sided exhaust tailpipe finishers with a trapezoidal design and a distinctive diffuser insert.
Powering the new 5 Series is BMW’s 2.0-litre 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol engine, with the 530e M Sport featuring the latest generation of the BMW eDrive electric motor. The Eight-Speed Steptronic transmission system also comes as standard for both the new variants.
The New BMW 530e M Sport offers a combined maximum output of 292hp and 420Nm of torque – consisting of a 109hp output from the electric motor. The electrified variant is capable of a century sprint in 5.9 seconds. With a top speed of 235 km/h, the new 530e M Sport consumes only 2.3l/100km of fuel with a CO2 emission of 53g/km.
The electric motor is capable of an all-electric range of up to 67 kilometres (NEDC correlated) – making all-electric city driving and short journeys possible.
The electric motor can be fully-charged with a BMW i Wallbox in approximately 3 hours and 35 minutes, or under 6 hours with a conventional main socket via a standard charging cable.
The driving mode in the electrified variant can be personalised via the eDrive button in the centre console. The standard AUTO eDRIVE setting enables all-electric driving up to a speed of 110 km/h. Switching to MAX eDRIVE mode enables all-electric speeds up to 140 km/h.
Xtra Boost yo
The BMW Xtra Boost mode is also available in the New BMW 530e M Sport, giving the vehicle additional power of up 40hp during acceleration.
Meanwhile, the overall system output for the New BMW 530i M Sport is 252hp and 350Nm of torque, enabling the car to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds. With a top speed of 250 km/h, the New BMW 530i M Sport consumes 6.7l/100km of fuel with a CO2 emission of 154g/km.
Further enhancing the driving experience of the New BMW 530e M Sport and BMW 530i M Sport are the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) that is complemented by Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) and the Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist.
Safety is also uniquely offered in the New BMW 530e M Sport via a specially-created sound emitted via a loudspeaker system that alerts pedestrians and cyclists of the vehicle. This is activated when the vehicle is travelling in full electric at speeds of up to 30 km/h.
Inside, the new BMW 530e M Sport and BMW 530i M Sport feature the exclusive M leather steering wheel, along with stylish sport seats for both the driver and the passenger. The new variants are furnished with interior trim finishers in Aluminium Rhombicle, Dakota Leather upholstery and the BMW Individual anthracite headliner. Illumination within the car is provided by ambient lighting, while owners of the New BMW 530i M Sport are able to enjoy the electrical glass roof feature.
The new variants are equipped with the BMW Live Cockpit Professional, running the latest BMW Operating System 7. This infotainment concept is distinguished by its restructured display set-up, consisting of a user-configurable 12.3-inch instrument cluster and an equally large touchscreen Control Display. The BMW Live Cockpit Professional comes with navigation, the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, two USB ports, 4G LTE connectivity and functions such as Remote Software Upgrade as well as over-the-air map updates for the navigation system.
The dashboard includes a lighter-coloured contrasting seam, which continues onto the door trims, as well as control buttons in the centre console in high-gloss Black magnifies the interior design language of the New BMW 5 Series variants.
Exclusive to the 530i M Sport
Exclusive to the New BMW 530i M Sport is the BMW Gesture Control, Head-Up Display, BMW Display Key and Harman Kardon surround sound system. Entertainment is offered to the New BMW 530e M Sport via a HiFi Loudspeaker system as standard.
For additional convenience, the new variants offer Comfort Access – providing seamless opening and closing of vehicle doors along with contactless tailgate operation. The new variants also feature automatic air-conditioning with 4-zone control, electric roller sunblinds for rear windows, and mobile phone charging.
Driving Assistance is provided to the new variants via the Lane Departure and Lane Change Warning, front collision alert with brake intervention, rear collision prevention and crossing-traffic warning. The Parking Assistant Plus feature for automatic parallel and perpendicular parking with a touch of a button comes as standard for both variants. Owners of the New BMW 530i M Sport can also benefit from the Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function.
Colours and warranty
The new variants will be available in Alpine White or Carbon Black, paired with either the Black or Cognac Leather Dakota upholstery; or in Phytonic Blue, Sophisto Grey or Bluestone paired with Black Leather Dakota upholstery.
Owners of the New BMW 5 Series variants will receive the complete BMW Group Malaysia Premium Ownership experience which includes a 5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service Programme, BMW Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline, The BMW Group Loyalty Mobile App, BMW Privileges Card, and BMW Service Online.
Shortly after beginning the registration of interest for the iX electric SUV, BMW Group Malaysia has started doing the same for another highly anticipated model which could be launched at the same time – the 2021 BMW 5 Series facelift.
Those of you who follow BMW Malaysia on Facebook and Instagram would’ve noticed posts paying tribute to all the 5 Series models from the past, followed by a link for those who want to get their hands on the new 5 Series to register their interest.
Only M Sport
After paying a visit to the BMW Shop, we noticed that two variants are listed – the 530e M Sport, and the 530i M Sport. Unfortunately, there is no Luxury Line variant for now.
On the exterior, the 5-Series looks significantly sportier and more youthful than the pre-facelift model which we have on our roads now. Up front, the lights, the kidney grille, as well as the bumper have all been redesigned, looking a lot like the 3-Series.
Besides that, the 3D-ish LED taillights, the rear bumper, the trapezoidal twin exhaust tips, red M Sport brake calipers, as well as the wheel design (18-20 inches) are all new as far as the car’s exterior is concerned.
Moving in, new in the 5 Series are the repositioned multifunction controls on the steering wheel, the extended automatic climate control system, the gloss black centre console buttons, redesigned seats, new upholstery choices, the latest iDrive Operating System 7.0 with updated interface, as well as the BMW Maps system, which is basically a new cloud-based navigation system that gives more accurate real-time information.
New mild-hybrid system
Another big news is that a mild-hybrid system comprising a 48V starter-generator, will be rolled out in all models with a four- or six-cylinder engine, adding 11 PS to the total output figures. However, whether the new starter generator will be offered here remains unknown as no technical details have been revealed yet for our market.
Even if the existing powertrain package of the 530e gets carried over, it still packs a lot of punch – delivering 252 PS and 420 Nm of torque, enabling the car to sprint from naught to 100 km/h in about 6 seconds.
But if the new mild hybrid system with XtraBoost function makes its debut, expect the 530e M Sport to kick out a maximum of 292 PS and 420 Nm, which makes the sedan even more potent than it is now.
Price wise, the 5 Series is expected to be priced similar to what we have now – between RM338,800 for the 530e M Sport and RM382,800 for the 530i M Sport (Recommended Retail Price with Extended Warranty & Service Package, without SST exemption).
Those of you who are following BMW Malaysia’s official Facebook page would’ve noticed that registration of interest for the all-new BMW iX has started, meaning that the model is indeed coming to Malaysia, sooner than many of us thought.
On the exterior, the iX is about the same size as the current X5, stands as tall as the X6, and features the same wheel dimensions as the X7. At the centre of the front end stands the new controversial kidney grille.
Since the electric drive system of the BMW iX requires only a small amount of cooling air, the kidney grille is completely blanked off. Its role has duly turned digital and here it functions as an intelligence panel. Camera technology, radar functions and other sensors are integrated seamlessly into the grille behind a transparent surface.
The door openers are flush, the filler neck for the windscreen washer fluid is concealed under the BMW logo on the bonnet and the rear-view camera has been integrated into the BMW logo on the tailgate.
Inside, the cabin is designed to be as minimalist as possible, with an exceptionally large panoramic glass roof, no centre tunnel, and a centre console crafted to look like a piece of furniture. The displays and controls are all stripped down to the essentials. The model will also feature the latest version of the BMW iDrive system.
Powered by the fifth generation BMW eDrive technology that comprises two electric motors, the iX is capable of kicking out 500 hp and accelerating from naught to 100 in under 5.0 seconds.
The powertrain also enables the BMW iX to record a range of over 600 kilometres in the WLTP cycle. The battery can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent of its full capacity in under 40 minutes using DC fast charging at up to 200 kW.
Added to which, within ten minutes enough energy can be fed into the battery to increase the car’s range by more than 120 kilometres. It takes less than eleven hours to charge the high-voltage battery from 0 to 100 per cent at 11 kW from a Wallbox.
The BMW iX, which will be produced at BMW’s Plant in Dingolfing as the BMW Group’s new technology flagship, will bring together the company’s latest developments in the strategic innovation fields of Design, Automated Driving, Connectivity, Electrification and Services.
The folks at BMW claim that they are setting new industry standards with the technology in the BMW iX, with things like the high computing power for data processing, more powerful sensor technology than the current line-up, 5G-connectivity, as well as new and improved automated driving and parking functions.
That being said, no details on the pricing have been revealed yet, so watch this space for more updates on the BMW iX.