BMW's FWD revolution has begun.
An all-new BMW 1 Series Sedan – the first member of the FWD 1er family – has been spied undergoing testing near the carmaker’s Bavarian headquarters. This is the first time such a bodystyle has appeared on BMW’s small car range, and is the first 1 Series model to be based on the new front-wheel-drive UKL1 architecture. As well as underpinning future 1 Series models, the new FWD platform will also be used for the next-gen Mini Cooper and 2 Series Active Tourer.
Mimicking the shape of its larger 3 Series sibling, the new 1 Series sedan is likely to come powered by the carmaker’s new-gen three-pot powertrain as it looks to take on the Mercedes CLA and Audi A3 sedan. Five- and three-door hatchbacks will follow the sedan, while the next-gen 2 Series will also move to FWD platform, as will the new X1, C2 and Z2 coupe/roadster. The BMW 1 series sedan will hit showrooms in 2016.