For years, rumors around a future BMW 1 Series Sedan have been circulating on the interwebs. With the separation of the 1 and 2 Series family, the entry-level BMW compact car is now offered only in the three and five door hatch configuration. The 2 Series family has been reserved for the coupe and convertible models, an a possible four-door coupe.
Rendering artist Theophilus Chin sets course again to create some beautiful and somewhat realistic renders of what the 1 Series Sedan might look like.
Sources say that the four-door model is built internally under thename NES (New Entry-Level Sedan) and it makes use of the upcoming front-wheel drive architecture which will be used in many models by BMW, including the second generation X1.
“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.”
The NES is described as being in the strategic planning stage, in which designers and engineers are asked to lay down preliminary guidelines for the new model. The following step will be issuing a new official codename.
Under the hood, the 1 Series Sedan will carry either three- and four-cylinder inline direct-injection petrol and common-rail diesel units. A hybrid version might follow as well.