More and more luxury manufacturers are opting for downsizing in the wake of the rising fuel prices and demand of low cost luxury cars. While the Audi has already launched their least capacity sedan, A3 in India, Mercedes is offering C-Class with various engine options. But the third German powerhouse, BMW, is still offering the same 3-series as their smallest sedan.
The recent spy shots suggests that BMW is working on the 1-Series sedan, their least capacity offering in the luxury sedan category. The new sedan is expected to get BMW's new front-wheel drive UKL1 platform. Under the hood, the 1-Series is expected to get the engines from the 2014 Mini range of cars. This means that the car will get a 1.5 litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel engines alongwith a more performance oriented 2.0 litre 4 cylinder engine from the current 3 Series.
On the exterior front, the car will follow the same design philosophy of the current range of 3,5 and 7 -series. The proportions will be marginally smaller than the current gen 3-series and the lines will be the same. Expect a sportier look with a buffy boot, bulges on the bonnet and more forward sloping stance. More or less, the car will give the feeling of a 3-series if looked at a glance.
While the exteriors have been spied earlier, its the interiors which are revealed for the first time. The spy shots suggests a basic setup of touchscreen, climate control, and steering mounted controls. The trademark iDrive will get more basic rather being the fully featured. Also, the car is expected to get memory seats and the camouflage on the dashboard suggests some addition of chrome or wood at the top of the dash.
The big question though is, when will the car get launched? While our friends at the AutoBlog (who clicked the spy shots) are suggesting a 2017 global sale debut, we predict that it will be much earlier, as soon as late 2015 or early 2016, to compete against the Audi A3.