As things stand right now, the F52 BMW 1 Series Sedan is only a Chinese affair. The new compact sedan will arrive in 2016 and the North American and European market are not in the target demographic at this point.
Rendering artist Theophilus Chin put his skills to work to render the design of the F52 1 Series Sedan. For his most recent F52 interpretation, Chin has used the front-end of the BMW 1 Series F20 LCI facelift which virtually mounted on a compact sedan with typical BMW design elements, like the Hofmeister kink and L-shaped taillights. It’s clear, of course, that BMW will separate the F52 from the F20 1 Series hatch by giving it a unique appearance that does not look so closely based on the hatchback itself.
The new 1er Sedan model has been developed to support front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. The BMW 1 Series Sedan is built internally under the name NES (New Entry-Level Sedan) and makes use of the front-wheel drive architecture which will be used in many models by BMW, including the new 2 Series Active Tourer and second generation X1.
Under the hood, the 1 Series Sedan will carry either three- and four-cylinder inline direct-injection petrol and common-rail diesel units.
The car is scheduled to arrive next year.