German luxury and sportscar manufacturer BMW has introduced their new 1 Series sedan at the Auto Guangzhou 2016 event in China. The vehicle, based on the 1 Series hatchback, has been developed by BMW Brilliance Automotive and, as of now, the manufacturer has planned to sell it only in the Chinese car market.
The 1 Series sedan has the same UKL platform underpinnings as the BMW X1 and it provides its buyers with the option of choosing between a 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder, turbocharged engine that delivers 135 bhp and a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder, turbocharged engine that is tuned to develop either 192 bhp or 232 bhp, depending on the trim level. BMW will also provide either a 6 speed manual gearbox or an 8 speed automatic transmission.
The car is unmistakably a BMW thanks to familiar design elements and it even shares a lot of similarities with the larger 2 Series sedan. Step inside and you are greeted with a large 8.8 inch infotainment system display mounted on top of the centre console, dual zone automatic climate control, premium leather upholstered seats, a head-up display (HUD) that shows up in full colour, a sound system that accepts aux-in, USB and bluetooth inputs, the iDrive system, multiple driving modes, lane departure warning, pedestrian warning, collision alert, run flat tyres, multiple airbags and more.
In China, BMW will also be launching their new BMW Connected app in the near future. This app links and connected several different features between the car and the driver. Some examples of what the BMW Connected app can do include predicting arrival times to your destination, recommending popular areas, and alerting you on when you need to depart for a particular destination, amongst others.
The BMW 1 Series sedan is set to go on sale in the Chinese market in the first half of next year and the company has not mentioned plans of introducing the vehicle in other markets. However, we feel that it would be a brilliant move for BMW to bring it to India as it will be placed in the booming entry-level luxury segment currently being ruled by cars such as the Audi A3 and the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.