BMW 1 Series Sedan Arrives In North America


BMW's smallest sedan is now being sold in Mexico with three- and four-cylinder gasoline engines.

Back in 2016, BMW launched a surprise sedan version of the 1 Series, but there was a catch – it was only sold in China. At the time, the Bavarian automaker claimed it was "tailored specifically to meet the needs of Chinese customers" since sedans are much more popular in China than hatchbacks. However, the BMW 1 Series sedan is no longer a China-exclusive model, and is now being sold in Mexico. Available exclusively as a Sport Line version, the prices start at $489,900 MXN ($24,607). making it more affordable than the 3-Series.

Its specifications leave a lot to be desired, though. The entry-level 118iA Sedan Sport Line is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine developing 136 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, which is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox enabling the sedan to sprint to 62 mph in 9.4 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 132 mph. It certainly isn't fast, but it is well equipped. As standard, the entry-level 1 Series sedan comes with a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, Sensatec upholstery and a dual-zone automatic climate control system, as well as LED daytime running lights, rain sensing wipers and 17-inch alloy wheels.

It also includes front sport seats and an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display. If the 118iA is too slow for you, the $569,900 MXN ($28,655) 120iA features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine developing 192 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the additional power and a more advanced eight-speed automatic transmission, the sedan sprints from 0-62 mph in 7.5 seconds and has a limited top speed of 146 mph. As well as the upgraded engine, you also get additional equipment including a panoramic glass roof, a split-folding rear seat and LED headlights.

It remains to be seen if BMW offers the 1 Series in other markets outside of China and Mexico, though last year a report suggested BMW 1 series will eventually be sold in the USA to compete with the compact Mercedes A-Class sedan.

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