The BMW 1 Series Sedan comes back to focus. The first rumor of a 1 Series sedan started back in 2012 and over time several reports surface to indicate that BMW is indeed planning a small premium sedan.
The latest report comes from Automotive News which says four-door model is built internally under thename NES (New Entry-Level Sedan) and it makes use of the upcoming front-wheel drive architecture which will be used in many models by BMW, including the second generation X1.
“The NES is integral to our growth plans,” a BMW insider source revealed. “It will be an important pillar in the future 1-series lineup, particularly in the U.S. and China, where sales of small premium-brand four-door sedans are on the rise.”
BMW and its 1 Series Sedan will enter a premium market along with the Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi A3 Sedan, both vehicles that also use a front-wheel drive setup. The FWD platform (UKL) was recently previewed in the BMW Concept Active Tourer and the same one will be used in the F56 MINI. The platform also provides the ability to use an all-wheel-drive setup, a successful combination for BMW sedans.
The new MINI will premiere in November at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Due to launch in 2017, the BMW 1 Series sedan will precede the third-generation 1-series hatchback, whose current rear-wheel drive will be replaced by front-wheel drive.
The NES is described as being in the strategic planning stage, in which designers and engineers are asked to lay down preliminary guidelines for the new model. The following step will be issuing a new official codename.
Under the hood, the 1 Series Sedan will carry either three- and four-cylinder inline direct-injection petrol and common-rail diesel units. A hybrid version might follow as well.