The BMW 1 Series Sedan has gone on sale in China with prices starting for CNY 2,04,800 (INR 19.90 lakh). A China only model for now, the 1 Series Sedan was first showcased at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November last year. It is manufactured by the BMW Group and BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture in China.
Based on the BMW Group’s front wheel drive UKL platform (the Mini’s base), the 1 Series Sedan is almost 170mm shorter in length than a 3 Series. Headlining features include LED head & tail lamps, a panoramic glass roof, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips, a HUD, along with an infotainment system with navigation, an 8.8-inch screen and a iDrive controller.
The 1 Series Sedan offers a 118i, a 120i and a 125i. The entry-level BMW 118i gets a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine (shared with the Mini Cooper) that produces 136 hp and 220 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels.
The BMW 120i gets a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine (from the Cooper S) that develops 192 hp and 280 Nm of torque, while the 125i gets the same engine in a different state of tune producing 231 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Both the 120i and 125i get a 8-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels as standard.