Autocar‘s Greg Kable (one of the most connected journalists in the BMW world) published an article on a future BMW 1 Series/2 Series sedan. According to the UK magazine, the entry-level sedan is being advertised as the spiritual successor of the iconic E30 3 Series Sedan.
The new four-door sedan will join either the 1 or 2 Series family (based on the final designation of the two separate lines) and will compete directly with the Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz CLA and even the VW Jetta. The car will also help BMW achieve their ambitious sales goals of two million cars a year by 2020 and will be marketed for North America and China. BMW 3 Series models remain the bread and butter for BMW in North America.
One of the factors influencing the creation of this new model is the ever-increasing dimensions of the 3 Series Sedan. Since its introduction in 1975, it has grown by 269mm in length, 210mm in width and 49mm in height, taking it into a higher market segment. The new sedan will make us of a rear-wheel drive platform that shares elements with the F30 3 Series.
Four and six-cylinder engines will feature in the 1-series ssedan line-up, while an all-electric version is also under consideration. Four-wheel drive will be an option. The four-door 1 Series or 2 Series will be built initially at the Leipzig plant.
Last month, the usual BMW insider Scott27 said that a 2 Series Gran Coupe model is on the table.
With the advent of the BMW 6er Gran Coupe and the promise of a similar concept for the upcoming 4er. BMW has been left in a sort of dilemma. As the 2er retains that classic BMW appearance , turning the car into a four door will give the car the look of a small sedan, which goes against BMW’s Gran Coupe idea. A Small RWD sedan is not considered by BMW in the long term as they need to protect the 3er and its large fleet market share, something that projections show that the Audi A3 Sedan and Mercedes CLA could eat into the C-Klasse and A4 respectively especially in the highly contested fleet market where the larger cars are more profitable.
But the desire of such small sedan-Coupe concepts has not gone unnoticed. Especially for markets like the US and China.
Although nothing has been confirmed BMW are investigating two options – One would be a four dr spun of the upcoming BMW 1er City model which will be available as both 3dr and 5dr, and its adaptable modular architecture which would be available with FWD and AWD – Making it a formidable rival for both the A3 and CLA as they are both FWD and AWD. This could also sire a four dr MINI Sedan.
If it comes to fruition, the 2 Series Sedan will launch in 2015.