The newest member of BMW’s lineup won’t be heading to the U.S.
BMW has introduced the 1 Series Sedan, which will be exclusively sold in China. According to the German automaker, the 1 Series Sedan “is an exclusive model tailored and aligned to the needs of Chinese customers,” with development and testing of the new car taking place in the BMW headquarters with the involvement of Chinese engineers. Based on the BMW Concept Compact Sedan that premiered at the 2015 Guangzhou Motor Show, the 1 Series Sedan is front-wheel drive and rides on the company’s UKL1 platform that also underpins various MINI models, the BMW X1 and the 2 Series Active Tourer.
Unfortunately, BMW didn’t disclose exact specifications for the 1 Series Sedan, except that it will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It is likely the same mill used in the MINI Cooper S, X1 and 2 Series Active Tourer, considering the cars all share the same platform.
The choice to not bring the 1 Series Sedan to the U.S. is an interesting one, considering it would be an ideal competitor to the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA models, both of which are enjoying success in the market as entry-level, front-wheel-drive luxury sedans.
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