It's good to see that BMW brings the all-new 2012 BMW 3-Series into Malaysia just after a month it was launched in Europe. The all-new 3-Series is said to be grown by size, giving more space for the rather cramped rear space found in older generation of the 3-Series. The increase of size is not obvious, but it benefits the rear passenger as well as boot space.
The red car you see above is the Sport line, while the car at the bottom is Luxury line. Too bad Modern line is unavailable in our market.
This time around the 3-Series will be available in 335i, 328i and 320d. The 335i is powered by a TwinPower Turbo 3.0L inline-six with 306hp and 400Nm of torque, enabling the 335i to travel 0-100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds.Other than that, the 328i’s 2.0L four-cylinder, twin-scroll turbo engine churns out 245hp and 350Nm of torque, and travels from 0-100km/h in 6.1 seconds.
The 320d has 184hp and 380Nm of torque, where 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds is possible. Great power doesn't necessarily means high fuel consumption where the 320d need just 4.5litres of fuel for 100km. There's also an ECO PRO mode, which reduces engine power delivery, air-con output and non essential electric component will give you 20% extra fuel savings!
Prices for the 3-Series are RM268,800 for the 320d, RM309,800 for the 328i and RM488,800 for the 335i, on the road without insurance. However, these are the prices for CBU 3-Series, so CKD models will be slightly cheaper in the future.