BMW dropped a surprise on us this week with the unveil of a new concept – BMW Concept Compact Sedan. While still a design concept, the production car is unlikely to change much. The wheels, side mirrors, front and rear bumper will get some changes, while the interior will be toned down from the concept form.

The small four-door previews the upcoming 1 series compact, BMW’s first front-drive sedan. The concept car is build on the ULK front-wheel drive platform which also underpins the new X1. It rides on a long wheelbase with the C-Pillar sitting atop the rear wheels and shorter than BMW-typical front overhang.

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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.

BMW’s newest sedan is intended for the Chinese market and will compete against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and Audi A3 sedan.

[Rendering: X-Tomi-Design]