BMW 1 Series Sedan (F52) Spied During Cold Weather Testing

Our spy photographers managed to snap some pictures of the upcoming BMW 1 Series Sedan. The smallest four-door vehicle in BMW’s stable is a response to the sales success the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Audi A3 Sedan have enjoyed. Following in the footsteps of its rivals, the BMW 1 Series Sedan features a front-wheel-drive layout.
BMW 1 Series Sedan (F52) prototype 13 photos
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You’ve heard that right. The main offender to the rear-wheel-drive norm comes thanks to BMW's UKL vehicle architecture. Other than the current crop of MINI models, the UKL platform also underpins the BMW X1 and the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. Thankfully, though, xDrive all-wheel-drive will be available as an option for the all-new 1 Series Sedan.

On the powertrain front, the BMW 1 Series Sedan will make use of engines found under the hood of the X1 crossover. These are the frugal 1.5-liter 3-cylinder TwinPower Turbo in gasoline- or diesel-fed form, as well as the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo in gasoline- or diesel-fed form. The least we’ll get in terms of power is 102 PS and 180 Nm (132 lb-ft), and the most is 231 PS and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.

Codenamed F52, the BMW 1 Series Sedan won’t be a China-only affair. According to recent reports, the Old Continent will get it too, as will the United States. As far as styling is concerned, the camouflage doesn’t let us see the design details that are of interest to us. On the plus side, the glasshouse of the car and its proportions mirror those seen on the BMW Concept Compact Sedan that debuted late last year.

Slated to be officially revealed later this year as a 2017 model year, the BMW 1 Series Sedan (F52) will be available with goodies such as a standard 6.5-inch infotainment display (or an optional 8.8-inch display). Furthermore, look forward to optional extras such as a head-up display, full-LED headlights, Dynamic Damper Control, and Driving Assistant Plus.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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