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.
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.
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.
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.
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.