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 |  Sep 26 2013, 4:01 PM

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BMW fanboys, you may want to take a seat. The German automaker known for building the world’s very best rear-wheel drive performance sedans is planning to offer a new entry-level four-door with wrong-wheel drive.

According to a new report, the upcoming 1 Series will be offered as a sedan with power being sent to the rear front wheels.

Internally called the NES (New Entry-level Sedan), the 1 Series is being designed to take on the upcoming 2015 Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA – both of which are also front-wheel drive. Like it’s key rivals, the new 1 Series will also be available with optional all-wheel drive.

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An unnamed company insider has gone so far as to say the new UKL (Unter Klasse) front-drive platform is “an important pillar” for the brand’s growth in the US and China.

The UKL platform will also form the basis of the next-generation of MINI products, with the 3rd generation of the modern MINI Cooper set to be unveiled at the LA Auto Show in November.

Look for the 1 Series sedan to launch in the U.S. in 2017, several years after its rivals. Power is expected to come from both turbocharged three- and four-cylinder engines.

[Source: Automotive News]

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