BMW introduces the 1 Series Sedan. For China only, it claims

BMW has introduced one day ahead of us, or in July 18, the new BMW 1 Series Sedan. Besides the picture, the German automaker has released very few details on the new car. It just says it is based on the BMW Compact Sedan Concept it has released at the 2015 Ghangzhou Auto Show. And there is nothing more on the car apart from a lot of useless information.

We believe it is based on the UKL2 platform. And this is probably one of the reasons BMW has decided to say basically nothing about the new car. It does not want to frighten the fans of the rear-wheel drive 1 Series. If the car is to be sold in other markets, it is almost a death sentence to the only C segment hatchback driven by its rear wheels.

The UKL2 platform is the one that is used by the Mini Clubman and the 2 Series Active Tourer. Since it has a 2.67 m wheelbase, we can expect the 1 Series Sedan to have the same measure. The engines should also be the same 1.5 3-cylinder and the 2.0 4-cylinder turbo petrol units already offered by the other cars built over the same architecture.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.