Text: Anton Andres / Photos: BMW Press | posted July 19, 2016 10:24
A new addition to BMW's front wheel drive range
BMW has expanded the 1 Series with the addition of a sedan variant in the lineup. Unlike its hatchback counterpart, the 1 Series sedan rides on the UKL platform and is front-wheel drive. The automaker first hinted a sedan version of its 1 Series last year during the Guangzhou Motor Show. Previewed last year as the BMW Concept Compact Sedan, the production version stays close to the concept's styling cues.
The 1 Series sedan is the fourth front wheel drive BMW to join the range followed by the 2 Series Active Tourer, 2 Series Grand Tourer and X1. According to BMW, the 1 Series Sedan is especially catered for the Chinese market and the brand sees entry-level luxury cars as a growing segment. BMW adds that the 1 Series Sedan was extensively tested in China, taking on different kinds of terrain.
At the front, traditional BMW styling cues remain such as the wide kidney grill and long head lights. It does however get a different front fascia treatment compared to its hatchback sibling with unique headlights and front bumper. Moving to its side, a bold character line defines the the upper half of its doors, along with a crease by the door sill. BMW has yet to reveal the rear of its newest sedan.
Interior details have yet to be revealed as well but BMW does say that it will be available with ConnectedDrive, the automaker's advanced infotainment and telecommunications system. Its engine lineup has yet to be announced as well but it is likely that it will be powered by BMW's 1.5 liter, inline-3 TwinPower Turbo mill that is seeing duty in the 2 Series Active Tourer, 2 Series Grand Tourer and X1. The 2.0 liter, inline-4 TwinPower Turbo engine might be available in higher spec models.
BMW says the model is exclusive to China but reports indicate that it may soon become part of the global lineup. Test mules have been spotted doing cold weather testing in Europe.