At the ongoing 2016 Guangzhou Auto Show, BMW has unveiled its most affordable sedan, dubbed as the 1 series. Previewed as a concept at the 2015 edition of the same motoring event, the model will rival the Mercedes-Benz CLA class and the Audi A3 in the premium compact sedan segment.
Underpinning the BMW 1 Series sedan is the UKL Chassis that is also used by the X1 as well as the Mini branded vehicles. Dimension wise, the model, which will initially be restricted to the Chinese market, measures 4456 mm in length, 1803 mm in width and 1446 mm in height while the wheelbase stands at 2670 mm. Aesthetically, the 1 Series sedan features signature BMW styling elements such as the blacked out kidney grille and the round LED headlamps.
On the inside, the 1 series sedan comes equipped with a dual tone black and beige theme, a large free-standing touchscreen infotainment system, centre console angled towards the driver, three spoke multi-function steering wheel, start and stop button and a full colour LED Heads-Up Display (HUD).
The BMW 1 Series sedan will be available with three petrol engines – 118i, 120i and the 125i. The base trim 118i will be powered by a 134 bhp 1.5-litre TwinPower turbo three cylinder engine mated to a six speed automatic transmission. Also on offer will be a 2.0-litre TwinPower four cylinder engine available in two states of tune 192 bhp and 231 bhp for the 120i and 125i respectively. Transmission duties on both the trim levels are taken care of by an eight speed automatic transmission.
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Following is an image gallery of the BMW 1 series sedan: