The model will be indigenous and exclusive to the world’s largest auto market – China – and BMW seemingly tries to attract a new type of crowd with this smaller and more affordable sedan – the young generation.
It’s going to be produced in China solely for China, according to the automaker – though it was actually developed and engineered at home in Munich, Germany – in its intended market it will feature an entry price of 204,800 yuan (about $29,821) for the 118i Fashion version. The front-wheel-drive 1 Series Sedan as the 118i has the well known three-cylinder turbocharged 1.5-liter engine packing 136 hp (100 kW) and (162 lb-ft) 220 Nm, a six-speed Steptronic gearbox and the ability to reach 62 mph (100 kph) in 9.4 seconds and a maximum speed of 132 mph (212 km/h).
There are also other options – 120i comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder, 2.0-liter with 192 hp (141 kW) and 207 lb-ft (280 Nm) and can be had with the ubiquitous eight-speed auto. The best would be the 125i with 231 hp (170 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) coming from the tweaked version of the turbo-four, as it will reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 6.8 seconds and top out at 155 mph (250 km/h). The 1 Series Sedan is 175.4 inches (4,456 mm) long, 71 inches (1,803 mm) wide, and 57 inches (1,446 mm) tall, with the wheelbase at 105 inches (2,670 mm), and can be had with the optional Sport Line and Luxury Line trim versions.