2017 BMW 1 Series Sedan testing in China

Spy Photos | August 4th, 2015 by 8
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BMW’s first 1 Series Sedan continues testing in China, the primary market for the luxury sedan. Built under the codename F52, the 1 Series Sedan …

BMW’s first 1 Series Sedan continues testing in China, the primary market for the luxury sedan. Built under the codename F52, the 1 Series Sedan will take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Audi A3 Sedan, which are also front-wheel-drive-based. The sub-3-series model is underpinned by BMW’s first front-wheel drive platform which also drives the wheels of the 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, and the new X1. BMW previously sold a 1 Series here in the States, but it was a rear-drive two-door coupe or convertible and it was replaced by the 2 Series family.

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Similar to the larger 3 Series, the front suspension is a strut design, while the rear consists of a multilink arrangement, giving the car good driving dynamics and a quiet ride. The new 1er Sedan model has been developed to support front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. 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. BMW will separate the F52 from the F20 1 Series hatch by giving it a unique appearance that does not look so closely based on the hatchback itself. The base of the A-pillar is aft of the front wheel, keeping a rear-drive-like dash-to-axle profile and maintaining maximum visual length for the hood, and the front and rear overhangs mimics the ones in the 3 Series.

The spy photos reveal an interior design similar to the new X1 and 2 Series tourers, so no big surprises are expected.

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Under the hood, the 1 Series Sedan will carry either three- and four-cylinder inline direct-injection petrol and common-rail diesel units. 6-speed manual and 8-speed Steptronic gearboxes will be offered.

BMW has yet to decide if the 1 Series will be sold in the U.S. as well.


[Source: ifeng.com]

8 responses to “2017 BMW 1 Series Sedan testing in China”

  1. Rob K says:

    Keep the sedan. I’ll take the hatch.

  2. Michael says:

    BMW China Chief re-affirmed recently that this vehicle will be a China only vehicle.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Maybe initially, but I def see it expanding in other countries like South America for example

    • Horatiu B. says:

      I meant other continents

      • Rob K says:

        Developing a vehicle that is exclusively sold to a market that has started falling into turmoil is just a bad idea. Developing multiple exclusive vehicles (LWB versions) for the same market is worse. What are they thinking?

        I don’t see conditions improving in China with their “anti-corruption campaign” underway (can you say oxymoron?). No one will want premium vehicles.

  3. Thomas says:

    Shouldn’t they call that a 2-Series Gran Coupe ?

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