2017 BMW 1 Series Sedan

Finally, BMW is set to offer a sedan in its 1 Series lineup.
Since the introduction of the 1 Series way back in 2004, the
model was only offered in hatchback bodies after the coupe and
convertible were renamed 2 Series in 2011. BMW has already
released photos of the 2017 BMW 1 Series Sedan which appears to
be heavily based on the Concept Compact Sedan which was
showcased at the Guangzhou Motor Show in 2015.

Unlike the hatchback which is sold globally, the sedan will be
a China-only model. In fact, the model will be produced in
China in a joint venture between the German luxury automaker
and Brilliance Auto, a Chinese automaker. This makes it the
5th BMW model to be made in China.  I really
hope the automaker considers selling the model in other markets
particularly in North America and Europe.

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2017 BMW 1 Series Sedan Exterior

The 2017 BMW 1 Series looks identical to the Concept Compact
Sedan. Although the exterior also shares a number of identical
features with the 1 Series Hatchback, the sedan stands out.

The sedan’s trapezoidal grille and the most part of the front
fascia are identical to the hatchback but the sedan’s
headlights are narrower. Below the grille is a more aggressive
bumper which features larger air vents on each side. The side
profile on the other hand is adopted from the 3 Series sedan.
In fact, the 1 Series Sedan looks like a smaller 3 Series.

The rear looks identical to the Concept Compact Sedan. Anyway,
the exterior styling will become much clearer when the
automaker releases more photos of the sedan or in case, we
capture the model with less camouflage.

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2017 BMW 1 Series Sedan Interior

The photos the automaker released do little to reveal the
model’s interior styling. However, rumor has it that the
sedan’s cabin will be adopted from the hatchback. The mules we
have spotted undergoing testing all featured the hatch’s center
stack, instrument panel and steering wheel. Even the door
panels looked identical. As such, I don’t expect much to change
between now and when the model hits dealerships. Other features
like the infotainment screen, radio and the shifter will also
be identical.

As usual, the standard upholstery material will be premium
leather. Safety will be well taken care off with a full package
of airbags and an array of driving aids.

We will divulge more information once the automaker makes it
available, so make sure to check back later for more.

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Engine Specs and performance

BMW has not revealed any details about the potential
drive-trains that will power the sedan. The only thing the
automaker has revealed is that the engines will be made at the
Brilliance Auto plant in Shenyang.

Since the 2017 BMW 1 Series Sedan is targeted for the Chinese
Market, fuel economy will be critical to the engines chosen. As
such, the automaker may use a 1.5 L, 3-cylinder engine as the
base mill. This engine is rated at 109 hp and 132 lb-ft of
torque. The automaker may also use a 1.6 L, 4-cylinder engine
which produces 130 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque The automaker may
also feature a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine which would produce
over 200 horses.

A 1.5 L, 3-cylinder engine is also likely. This engine produces
120 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. The engines will likely be
paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed ZF automatic
transmission system.

Price and release date

BMW has not released official pricing details of the upcoming
compact sedan. However, considering the price of the 1 Series
hatch, a starting price of around $41,000 (CNY280, 000) is a
good guess. The model will hit BMW dealerships in China in the
last quarter of this year.

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Competition

For a long time BMW has lacked a compact sedan in its lineup
and the new sedan is good news to compact sedan enthusiasts.
However, it is unfortunate that the model will only be offered
in China.

Already, BMW’s traditional rivals in the like of Audi and
Mercedes already sell compact sedans all over the world . As
such Audi’s A3
Sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class will be the “1 Series”
top rivals. The Volkswagen Lamand, an upscale sedan and Qoros 3
sedan will also have something to say in this premium compact
sedan segment.