The upcoming 2017 BMW 1 Series Sedan was spotted in China carrying the typical BMW camouflage with the vinyl tape and fake body panels hiding the design details.
In 2017, the BMW F52 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.
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.