Last week, BMW unveiled the BMW Concept Compact Sedan at Auto Guangzhou 2015 in China. The concept sedan previews the 2017 BMW 1 Series Sedan that will rival with the Mercedes CLA-Class and the Audi A3 Sedan. The concept itself doesn’t appear too far from production in terms of design and styling, and now a speculative rendering from X-Tomi Design takes it even closer to production guise.
The 2017 BMW 1 Series Sedan isn’t expected to ride on a shortened version of the CLAR (cluster architecture) rear-wheel drive platform. Instead, like the BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer, the front-wheel drive UKL platform should form the basis to keep the costs in check. As for the engines, three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel units should be offered, with displacements ranging from 1.5-litre to 2.0-litre can be expected to power the volume-selling models. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see an M Sport packing a 3.0-litre turbo petrol to top the range. A dedicated M variant is unlikely though.
While anticipation is that the car will be a China-only model, which could be the case in the beginning, the 1 Series Sedan is very likely to land in markets outside China eventually, including those in Asia, Europe and Oceania, considering the fact that Audi and Mercedes have a strong presence in most of the major markets in these regions with their front wheel drive compacts.
The 2017 BMW 1 Series Sedan should also spawn the third generation 2017 BMW 1 Series hatchback, which certainly will be sold globally.
[Image Source: X-Tomi Design]