A BMW source said that the automaker plans to develop a new front-wheel-drive 1-series sedan.
This four-door models, with the internal working title New Entry-level Sedan, is included in a new range of front-wheel-drive models to be introduced in the German automaker’s lineup in the following years.
“The NES is integral to our growth plans,” a BMW insider source revealed. “It will be an important pillar in the future 1-series lineup, particularly in the U.S. and China, where sales of small premium-brand four-door sedans are on the rise.”
BMW plans to create a 1-series sedan to rival the Mercedes CLA and the Audi A3 sedan, two models which are based on closely linked front-wheel-drive underpinnings. The base for this new BMW is the Uter Klasse (entry-level) structure, which will eventually replace the 3-series sedan and become the German automaker’s most affordable four-door sedan vehicles.
The UKL (entry-level) will be included in the Mini hatchback which will be present in November at the Los Angeles auto show. The 1-series sedan is expected to hit the market in 2017 and will be followed by the third-generation 1-series hatchback, which will have its rear-wheel drive replaced by a front-wheel drive.