In Guangzhou, China, BMW unveiled the Concept Compact Sedan, a design study which envisions a Bavarian rival to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and Audi A3 sedan.
The small four-door previews the upcoming 1 series compact, BMW’s first front-drive sedan. The concept car is build on the ULK front-wheel drive platform which also underpins the new X1. It rides on a long wheelbase with the C-Pillar sitting atop the rear wheels and shorter than BMW-typical front overhang.
BMW’s driver-oriented cockpit is present in the Compact Sedan as well and features upscale materials like three-tone Nappa leather, open-pore wood, and brushed aluminum trim with orange accents and ambient lighting. The former analog buttons and controls are all now mostly digital.
There’s also a panoramic roof, a head-up display for the driver and an 8.8-inch screen in the dashboard.
When the 1-series eventually goes on sale, you can expect a range of turbocharged three- and four-cylinder engines. All-wheel drive will be optional, too.
The show car features a liquid metal bronze paint and sits on 20-inch split-spoke alloys.
BMW is expected to launch the 1 Series Sedan in 2017.