When BMW launched the 1 Series sedan in China, they were adamant that it will be an exclusive, China-only model. Now it seems the company has backpedaled on that statement. This year, the booted 1 Series has made its way to Mexico which begs the question: will it be introduced here as well.
Granted, Mexico is quite a far way from us but it does signal BMW's openness to make the 1 Series sedan a global product. Given that the Audi A3 sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA has proven a hit for the respective automaker, it seems like BMW didn't want to miss out on the sales opportunity.
Perhaps a better indicator of its chances arriving in the Philippines is if it gets launched in our neighboring countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Should sales in Mexico show promise, it is possible that BMW may consider selling the four-door 1 Series in the ASEAN region. For now however, there is no word from the German automaker.
The BMW 1 Series sedan is essentially the next-generation 1 Series underneath as it has shifted from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive. Riding on what BMW calls the UKL platform, the 1 Series sedan shares its architecture with the Mini lineup, as well as the X1, X2, 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer.
Its engines are also shared with the front-wheel drive BMW range. The base engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter, three-cylinder mill with 136 PS in the 118i. Serving as the mid-spec motor is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine making 192 PS. Top-spec models get the same 2.0-liter engine but is tweaked to produce 231 PS.