In order for a BMW 1 Series Sedan to work, it clearly has to separate itself from the hatchback version as much as possible.
The problem with the 1 Series hatchback is that, well, it’s not a great looking car – and even though some if not most people are able to move past that issue, BMW fans expect a lot more from their saloons.
The compact sedan will be formed on the front-wheel-drive UKL platform, making it BMW’s first FWD sedan. Test mules at this time are heavily camouflaged fitted with dummy lamps and body parts, but the final design would unimaginably follow the template set by the 1-Series hatchback and 2-Series Active Tourer, and should get the free-standing iDrive infotainment display and dashboard design that swoops towards the center console. Top-end variants could receive a Head-Up Display and a larger infotainment screen with Navigation Plus.
BMW saloons have a much richer history than hatchbacks, obviously. You can’t just build one (regardless of size, FWD, RWD) and have it look like somebody strapped a boot to a regular 1 Series.
And that’s the problem with this particular 1 Series rendering. It doesn’t look saloon-ish enough, unlike two others we’ve seen such as this one from last year and of course this more recent one from a few months ago.
BMW aims to bring the 1 Series Sedan to the same proportions as the E46 3 Series, therefore filling a gap between the 1 Series Hatch and the F30 3 Series Sedan. Design wise, it features the angular and sleek headlights seen on recent BMW cars, which extend into the kidney grille. The nose sits more upright whole the front bumper sports the usual air intakes. In the back, the F52 sedan gets the L-shaped taillights.
Under the hood, the 1 Series Sedan will carry either three- and four-cylinder inline direct-injection petrol and common-rail diesel units.
It is rumored that the U.S. market will get the 120i and 125i sedan models.