The largest luxury automaker in the world has recently taken the wraps off the all-new 1 Series Sedan, a model that counts as the maker’s smallest to date in the saloon segment and a worthy opponent of the CLA and A3 Sedan.
The only catch is the 1 Series Sedan is for now – at least – exclusive to the world’s biggest auto market, China, where it will also be produced. The model follows in the footsteps of the 2015 Compact Sedan Concept presented back last November during the Guangzhou Auto Show – and we can now see the prototype make it to the production line. So far BMW has only released a single picture with the Mercedes CLA and Audi A3 Sedan rival, but as far as we can see the Bavarians have remained pretty committed to the lines penned with the Compact Sedan Concept. Since it’s a Chinese-exclusive model, the first ever 1 Series Sedan will be produced by the group’s local joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive, with extensive engineering for the local market.
The technical details haven’t been shared yet but we can safely bet it’s using the UKL architecture that also underpins the 2 Series Active Tourer & Gran Tourer models. This grants a front wheel drive layout and a plethora of three- and four-cylinder engines, all turbocharged. No details about those have been shared either, but BMW says it will “guarantee unparalleled driving pleasure”, and they will also be manufactured locally at a new plant in Shenyang. The 1 Series Sedan is the fifth locally built model and will pack the company’s latest ConnectedDrive goodies in a bid to set itself apart in the crowded premium compact segment. And with the 1 Series a model focused on the Chinese market we can expect it to deliver ample room in the back – though again specifications for the interior haven’t been released either.