New BMW 1-Series Sedan spy shots have hit the web with the new model’s latest round of testing being held at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany.
Compared to previous test mules, this particular example features slightly less camouflage particularly at the front end. As a result, we get our first glimpse at the new lower front grille and aggressively designed air intakes. While the mule in question doesn’t feature production-spec headlights or taillights, it is reported that they will be discernably different from the units found on the recently facelifted BMW 1-Series hatchback.
It is also 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.
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.