It’s taken them a while but BMW finally has a new entry-level sedan to show to the world. The German carmaker has unveiled this new model in the form of the 1 Series sedan. However, we would like to add that the 1 Series sedan will be sold only in China for now. It previews the Compact Sedan Concept shown at the Guangzhou Auto Show last year.
The 1 Series sedan will be underpinned by the UKL1 platform that forms base for all the new Minis and the X1 crossover. What this means is that the 1 Series sedan will have front-wheel drive configuration and a range of three- and four-cylinder petrol engines. The development and testing of the car had taken place in the BMW headquarters with the involvement of Chinese engineers.
The 1 Series sedan will be built under the BMW and BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture. Like in India, the premium compact car segment is growing fast in China and following the launch of the X1, the 2 Series Active Tourer and now the 1 Series Sedan, BMW now has a total of five locally-produced models in China.