BMW had been mulling over the idea of introducing a compact luxury sedan to challenge the likes of the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class. And, now it seems that the company would finally launch the compact car next year, which is based on the 1-Series hatchback. The folks at Auto Sohu have clicked the images of the BMW 1-Series sedan as a test mule in China, albeit with camouflage.
Going by the spy-shots, the test mule was adorning pre-production head and taillamps during its test runs in China. Being speculated to be based on the UKL1 front-wheel drive platform, the 1-Series sedan (codenamed F52) is expected to share its engine with the existing 1-Series hatchback. New Mini Cooper also underpins the same UKL1 front-wheel drive architecture. Recently, BMW revealed the updated version of 1-Series hatchback with new powertrains. Some media reports are suggesting that the spied vehicle was carrying a MY2016 badge, which means it would be launched before the next-generation of 1-Series hatchback. The German automajor had been extremely tight-lipped about the developments taking place, but it won't be a surprise if the BMW 1-Series sedan makes its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA 2015).
Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class are going great in India due to their cost-effectiveness. Hence, BMW, immediately after the global unveiling, could launch the new car in Indian market. It would help BMW India to a greater extent as 3-Series is its entry-level sedan model in the country and costs a hefty 40 Lakhs. The 1-Series based sedan would not only give Audi A3 and Merc CLA a run for their money, but also fill in the gap in its portfolio.
Just a couple of days back, BMW India announced around 50 percent of localization of content at its Pune plant and said that it would launch 15 fresh products in the country, which starts with i8 electric hybrid sportscar on February 18, 2015.