BMW Thailand has just introduced the new BMW 220i Gran Coupe that now packs a turbocharged 2-litre four-cylinder engine.
With the introduction of the 220i Gran Coupe, BMW Thailand has also discontinued the lesser 218i variant.
Just two variants are on offer for the locally-assembled BMW 220i Gran Coupe- Sport and M Sport. The largest difference moving from the 218i to the 220i is the engine, with the latter mounted with the B48A20A turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine.
Power outputs are significant over the 1.5-litre engine, with 192 hp and 280 Nm of torque; 52 hp and 60 Nm plus one cylinder more than the existing model.
Paired with the same 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and still driving the front wheels, the BMW 220i Gran Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds, similar to the BMW 320i M Sport and shaving 1.6 seconds off the 218i’s time.
For features, the Sport variant gets a normal steering wheel, single-zone automatic air-conditioning, standard instrument cluster, power-adjustable front seats in Dakota leather and an 8.8-inch Central Display.
The M Sport variant gets larger 18-inch style 819 M Bicolour wheels, M Aerodynamics package, M Sport steering wheel and foot pedals and black headlining- similar to the RM211,367-priced BMW 218i Gran Coupe in Malaysia. However, the Thai model adds a fully digital instrument cluster and panoramic glass roof.
Now for the pricing. In a surprising move, BMW Thailand is offering the 220i Gran Coupe M Sport at just THB1,999,000 (RM264,000) and the M Sport variant at THB2,169,000 (RM286,000) with BSI standard (three-year or 60,000 km maintenance package) plan.
Compared to the BMW 218i Gran Coupe M Sport that debuted in February last year, it is a significant reduction from the THB2,399,000 (RM320,000) price tag. For reference, the next most accessible BMW sedan in Thailand is the 320d M Sport, priced at THB2,549,000 (RM336,400).
We should expect the BMW 220i Gran Coupe to reach Malaysian BMW dealerships soon too, as this powertrain is actually in service in the MINI Cooper S Countryman as well as the facelifted BMW X1 sDrive20i M Sport.
For reference, the price gap of the BMW X1 moving from the 1.5-triple to the 2.0-litre four-banger is RM22,042, inclusive of a 5% excise duty increment for the larger engine displacement. Thus, we can expect BMW Malaysia to price the upcoming BMW 220i M Sport at circa RM230,000, a reasonable RM20,000 more than the current BMW 218i M Sport once it reaches our dealerships.