BMW Malaysia has just given the entry-level 320i Sport model a spec bump for the 2021 model year, with a new infotainment system bringing it up to par with its more expensive siblings.
The new BMW Live Cockpit Professional system, now coming as standard on the 320i, includes a 10.25-inch centre touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument display – a big upgrade over the existing 8.8-inch screen and analogue instrument cluster from before.
With the new upgrade, the 320i Sport also now runs on the BMW iDrive 7.0 Infotainment System, which includes features such as Apple CarPlay connectivity, “Hey BMW” Intelligent Personal Assistant, over-the-air software updates, as well as a more modern user interface with larger tiles.
Otherwise, the rest of the 320i’s equipment list remains largely identical from before, including the Sport Line exterior package, adaptive LED headlights with LED fog lights, gloss black side window frames and 18-inch V-spoke style 780 two-tone alloy wheels.
Over on the interior, the 320i still retains the same Vernasca leather upholstery and aluminium mesh trim with pearl chrome highlights, tri-zone climate control system, power-adjustable front seats with memory function on the driver’s side, six speakers, and the comfort access hands-free kick-open bootlid. Although, the wireless smartphone charging pad has been removed on this update.
The Driving Assistant advanced driving assistance suite have been retained from the previous upgrade, with features including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear collision prevention. The Parking Assistant feature with Reversing Assist is also included on the BMW 320i Sport, alongside a rear-view reversing camera.
Also unchanged are all of its mechanical bits, with the 320i continuing to be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four mill with 184 hp and 300 Nm of torque, paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The 320i takes 7.1 seconds to complete the century sprint, onward to a top speed of 235 km/h.
With the new upgrades, the BMW 320i Sport here in Malaysia is now priced starting from RM230,764, a RM4,000 increase from before. The price is inclusive of the SST exemptions and a standard two-year unlimited mileage warranty. With the optional five-year warranty and free service package, the price increases to RM243,889.