Time is running out for BMW. The long-due-for-launch 1 Series sedan was supposed to drop into the segment played by the Audi A3 sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA late last year. But delays see it going through yet another phase of prototyping.
Spotted undergoing wild winter testing in Europe, the BMW 1 Series sedan still clads heavy camouflage, suggesting it won’t make the showrooms until the later half of this year.
Nevertheless, Munich’s smallest sedan will utilise the company’s versatile front-wheel-drive UKL platform that also underpins the 2 Series Active Tourer and MINI Cooper. Yes, the 1 Series Sedan will be BMW’s first ever front-wheel-drive sedan and will slot under the 3 Series.
The entry-level sedan is expected to share the same four-cylinder engine line-up as the 2 Series Active Tourer. This includes a range of 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with various outputs, as well as the 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol.