The BMW 1 Series sedan has been caught testing by spy photographers in snowy winter conditions.
Set to be the smallest four-door model BMW has ever offered, the 1 Series sedan will compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLA Class and Audi A3 sedan when it is released before the end of 2016. Like the 2 Series Active Tourer and the X1, the 1 Series sedan will ride on the UKL front-wheel-drive platform that also underpins certain MINI models.
Spy photographers caught the BMW 1 Series sedan testing early last year and now it has shed some of its camouflage as it gets ready for its debut. It is starting to take a similar shape to the BMW Compact Sedan Concept that debuted at last year’s Guangzhou Motor Show in late November.
Expect the model to borrow powerplants from its 1 Series hatchback stablemates and to be offered with either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. The third-generation BMW 1 Series will come standard with front-wheel drive, but BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive will be available as an option.
The compact sedan segment is heating up and BMW will actually be a late entry to the market.
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