One of the biggest rumors in the last few years revolved around BMW’s plans to produce a 1 Series sedan model.
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.
Our sources say that the four-door model is built internally under the name 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 new 2 Series Active Tourer and second generation X1.
Automotive News now reports that the 1 Series Sedan might head to the U.S. by 2017.
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.
BMW and its 1 Series Sedan will enter a premium market along with the Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi A3 Sedan, both vehicles that also use a front-wheel drive setup. Like the competition, the new BMW model has been developed to support fwd and four-wheel drive.
Under the hood, the 1 Series Sedan will carry either three- and four-cylinder inline direct-injection petrol and common-rail diesel units.