The future BMW 1 Series Sedan – or 2 Series Sedan by some accounts – gets a new rendering based on the leaked patent drawings we saw last month. Compared to the BMW Concept Compact Sedan, the rendering shows a front fascia with a production-ready bumper with the typical integrated foglights, LED headlights, and a more “domesticated” kidney grille. The beautiful side mirrors often seen on concept cars have also been replaced.
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 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. 6-speed manual and 8-speed Steptronic gearboxes will be offered.
Initially aimed at the Chinese market, the compact sedan will make its debut in 2017.