After bringing you a gallery of BMW 1-Series Sedan spy shots a couple of weeks ago, new images have emerged of the car in the midst of testing at the famous Nurburgring. As with previous spy shots, the prototype pictured is adorned in heavy camouflage meaning many of its styling traits are hidden. Nevertheless, many details about the car are already known.
For starters, 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 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.
The BMW 1-Series Sedan is pencilled in to debut later this year before reaching the market in 2016.