Back in July, BMW revealed their latest addition to their front wheel drive portfolio with the 1 Series sedan. After four months, the automaker has laid out the engine lineup for their smallest sedan for China.
Unlike the hatch which is rear wheel drive, the 1 Series sedan rides on the UKL platform which underpins current Mini models, the 2 Series Active Tourer, 2 Series Grand Tourer and X1. According to BMW, the car is aimed at “the young generation from China”. As it rides on a different platform, the 1 Series Sedan also gets its own exterior, interior and engines.
From the outside, the 1 Series Sedan follows classic BMW styling cues such as the corona ring headlights, kidney grill and Hoffmeister Kink. The front is more rounded compared to its hatchback counterpart and resembles those of the 2 Series Coupe. Two character lines define the side of the sedan, one near the window sill and the other by the bottom of the door. The rear meanwhile patterns itself from the larger BMW sedans with its “reverse L” tail lights. Like the other models from the brand, the number of tail pipes also serves as a marker for the engine equipped in the car. Sport, Luxury and standard trim lines will be available.
Inside, the dash gets elements from the 2 Series Active Tourer and is tilted towards the driver. Unlike the rear wheel drive models, the 1 Series Sedan uses a different gear selector for the automatic transmission. Infotainment is provided by iDrive, along with Connected Drive as an option. A panoramic sunroof is also available.
The 1 Series Sedan is available in three models, namely 118i, 120i and 125i, each reflecting their respective power outputs. The engines used in the 1 Series Sedan are derived from the its platform mates. In the 118i, it is powered by a 1.5 liter, TwinPower Turbo inline three with 136 PS and 220 Nm of torque. In the 120i, it gets a larger 2.0 liter TwinPower inline four with 192 PS and 280 Nm of torque. The 125i meanwhile also uses the same 2.0 mill in the 120i but power is boosted to 231 PS and 350 Nm of torque. There are currently no diesels planned.
At the moment, BMW's newest sedan is exclusive for China. However, during the development of the car, it was spied testing in Europe as well. There have also been reports that the 1 Series Sedan may make its way to South America. The 2017 BMW 1 Series Sedan goes up against the likes of the Audi A3 Sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.