BMW 1-Series Sedan spy shots have just emerged as development of the car kicks off near the Arctic Circle. Currently codenamed F52, the BMW 1-Series Sedan will act as BMW’s rival to both the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Audi A3.
It is reported that the BMW 1-Series Sedan will be built around the same UKL architecture as the recently unveiled BMW 2-Series Active Tourer. This platform is also pinned to be used for the impending BMW X1. Additionally, the BMW 1-Series sedan will feature front-wheel drive but further down the road, an xDrive all-wheel drive system will be made available.
Unlike the current 1-Series hatchback which isn’t offered for sale in America, the 1-Series sedan will be put on the North American market to target the aforementioned Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi A3. In the U.S., the 1-Series Sedan will be available in 120i and 125i guises with both set to utilise the B-family range of engines from the German marque. The 125i is pinned to deliver a total of 231 hp as the 2-Series Active Tourer does.
From a visual standpoint, these BMW 1-Series sedan spy shots reveal that the German sedan will feature a design identifiably different than the 1-Series hatchback.
If reports are to be believed, the 1-Series Sedan could be unveiled later this year or in early 2016 and will undercut the 2-Series in price.