It wasn’t too long ago we saw the first spy shots of BMW’s upcoming rival for the Audi A3 Sedan and the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class. Today, we’re bringing you another set, this time showing you the first shots of the interior of the new car. It’s looking fresh.
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is basically the first car in decades that brought along a new kind of interior design. The main differences compared to its bigger brothers is the fact that instead of featuring a solid column down the middle of the car, it’s showing different look that keeps the HVAC controls well up and above, separated from the gear shift knob.
That’s the biggest difference, separating the controls like that but on the 1 Series Sedan here, the controls for the AC also look rather different, reminding us of the ones used in the i8. Yes, the plug-in hybrid sports car, we didn’t write that wrong. It’s also showing white colors unlike the orange ones we’ve been getting used to.
The passenger side dash also looks a bit different with the trims going down along the center console and then straight towards the air vents on the sides. Other than that, it’s all looking BMW familiar, with the same steering wheel as on the 2 Series Active Tourer and a similar infotainment screen. Even the instrument cluster looks the same not to mention the gearshift knob that seems to be taken straight of the MPV.
Yet another clue that it will also be using the UKL platform
The 1 Series sedan has been the source of plenty of rumors even before the spy shots first came out. BMW needed a competitor in this segment and a front-wheel drive one for that matter. Therefore, as you can already see by the similarities pointed out here, the new sedan will be using the UKL platform as well.
That means we’ll get to see the same B-family plants used here ranging from the 3-cylinder 1.5-liter turbocharged plant from the MINI Cooper model (136 HP) to the 4-cylinder 2-liter one on the 225i Active Tourer with 231 HP.
Hopes are that we’ll get to see an even more powerful engine as well, to rival the CLA45 AMG but recent signs from the M division said that their badge will never be used on a front-wheel drive car. So there’s no M1 Sedan planned for the future. As for an M Performance vehicle, well… that’s a different story.