The China-only BMW 1 Series Sedan was spotted once again wearing its typical camouflage during a test trial. 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.
The design cues are expected to be similar to the recently unveiled BMW Concept Compact Sedan. The rear fascia’s chrome trim and taillights look like smaller variants of what appears on the new 7 Series, and the front end bears similarity to all the recent BMWs. It rides on a long wheelbase with the C-Pillar sitting atop the rear wheels and shorter than BMW-typical front overhang.
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.
The 1 Series Sedan is expected to debut in 2017.