The drivetrain might make BMW fans mad.
At the 2016 Beijing Auto show, BMW is showing off its Concept Compact Sedan, which previews the upcoming F52 1 Series. BMW has given the car a new color called Sunglow Metallic. This bronze color looks a lot like Austin Yellow and gives the concept an eye-catching look. Whether that look is good or bad, we will leave up to you. The color is not even close to the most important feature on this new concept. The upcoming 1 Series sedan will be based on the newest X1 crossover and will therefore be front-wheel-drive (gasp).
We have known for a while that the replacement for the 1 Series would likely be based on a FWD platform. This new car would rival cars like the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA, both of which are FWD. When the 1 Series goes on sale, it will likely be powered by a range of three and four-cylinder engines (like a Mini). Many people will draw comparisons to the Mini Cooper, which BMW owns, but is that necessarily a bad thing? The Mini Cooper is actually a very fun car to drive, and we have no doubt that the new 1 Series will be as well. There will probably be an M version as well, and that car could be amazing!