First renderings of the BMW 1 Series Sedan are starting to pop-up on the interwebs. The image shown below uses some of the latest BMW design cues, including the more angular and sleek headlights, the upright nose and the stance of a 2 Series Active Tourer.
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.
BMW aims to bring the 1 Series Sedan to the same proportions as the E46 3 Series, therefore filling a gap between the 1 Series Hatch and the F30 3 Series Sedan.
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.