Rendering: BMW 1 Series Sedan Turns into M Model

Rumors | July 19th, 2016 by 5
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This weekend, BMW unveiled a China-only model that has been rumored to come out for quite some time – the BMW 1 Series Sedan. When …

This weekend, BMW unveiled a China-only model that has been rumored to come out for quite some time – the BMW 1 Series Sedan. When it was unveiled in concept form, the new compact sedan was received with mixed reactions, however, recently, a lot of people have started falling in love with it for some reason. Even we wondered whether it should come to the US or maybe Europe for that matter, and stop being a Chinese-only affair. Even though it’s a front-wheel drive car that goes against everything we hold dear about the BMW badge, the 1 Series Sedan stands out with its beautiful design and proportions, and it may just be the competitor BMW needs for similar offerings from Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

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At the moment, the 1 Series Sedan is available only in front-wheel drive guise (xDrive is not yet on the table) and only with 3- or 4-cylinder engines. Being built atop the UKL platform, chances are that’s how things will remain for the rest of its production run. However, rumors about a possible Motorsport Division developed 2-liter 4-cylinder engine made some people wonder whether an M version of the car could should up in the future. X-Tomi Design definitely took this to heart and came up with the rendering shown here.

Thanks to massive wheel arches, incredibly aggressive front fascia and dynamic sides, the 1M Sedan could be one of the hottest cars on the block. Chip in a 2-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine – good for some 350 HP – and this powerful M car could easily take on the CLA45 AMG. Of course, it would also need all-wheel drive but that won’t be a problem with the front-wheel drive platform.

What may be a problem though, is finding a fitting name. Using the M1 nameplate would be considered a sacrilege therefore making the 1M Sedan name feel a bit more appropriate, thus our winning choice, if we had to choose.

And if you’re thinking of abandoning all hope of such a car making it into production, you need to think again. Our sources just confirmed that a 2 Series Gran Coupe is in the works, a compact sedan version of the popular Coupe we have today. It will be close in design to the 1 Series Sedan the Chinese are getting today but it will be a rear-wheel drive affair which will make things even more interesting. Hopefully, there will be an M version with a 2-liter engine that would take the fight to the CLA45 AMG.

5 responses to “Rendering: BMW 1 Series Sedan Turns into M Model”

  1. TheBingoBalls says:

    That M2 lower bumper looks a lot better because the headlights. I never understood why BMW had to add that “teardrop” look on the M2 instead of sticking with a traditional headlight design.

    • Kaisuke971 says:

      It’s a design clue that gives the M2 that little edge to it, that gives it more personality. This one series sedan looks good because BMW kept it simple, but effective. And i’m not sure i like this render for this exact reason, the bumper doesn’t match the car.

      The only way it could look really good would be either as a four door coupe, or a small shooting brake.

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  2. Senne says:

    If there will be a 2 Series GC with RWD (YES PLEASE!!), and if there will be an M version of it (YES PLEASE!!), then it will have a 3 liter inline 6, not a 2 liter 4 cylinder. That’s only because the inline-6’es don’t fit the FWD layout.

  3. Sure it looks great on the outside and probably be fast and sound awesome. I always expect all BMW interiors to be like the 5/7-series but they aren’t. : (

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