In 2017, the BMW 1 Series Sedan will join the 1 Series family to compete against 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.
The BMW 1 Series Sedan 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.
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. Chassis designation is F52.
As seen here, the overall proportions are smaller than the F30 3 Series with a short but high boot. The camouflage has yet to reveal the design lines but as the prototypes advance in their testing process, we expect to slowly see what’s hidden underneath.
Under the hood, the 1 Series Sedan will carry either three- and four-cylinder inline direct-injection petrol and common-rail diesel units.
It is rumored that the U.S. market will get the 120i and 125i sedan models.