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BMW To Launch A China-only 1 Series Sedan

Hans July 18, 2016 10:03

Initially previewed as the BMW Concept Compact Sedan at the Guangzhou Motor Show 2015, this first ever BMW 1 Series Sedan is BMW’s answer to the Audi A3 Sedan.

Produced by BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd exclusively for the Chinese domestic market only, the 1 Series Sedan was developed by BMW’s headquarters in Germany, with involvement of Chinese engineers.

The company adds that the 1 Series Sedan has been tuned to cope with the many different road and climate conditions found in China, and that BMW engineers have made a lot of specific fine-tuning and improvements according to the Chinese customers' habits and vehicle-use environment.

Technical details are short, and BMW did not elaborate on any specific launch timing or pricing details for the car yet, but the 1 Series Sedan should share the same engine and transmission options with the 1 Series hatchback (not sure about it being rear-wheel drive, or front-wheel drive though).

Prices for the 1 Series hatchback ranged from 256,000 Yuan for a Peugeot-developed 1.6-litre turbocharged 118i (different from our newer generation BMW-developed 1.5-litre turbocharged 118i) to 496,000 Yuan for the 3.0-litre turbocharged M135i.

About Hans

As someone who appreciates cars not just for their horsepower value but also for their cultural significance, he is interested in the art of manufacturing and selling cars just as much as driving them. Prior to swapping spread sheets for a word processor, he spent his previous life in product planning and market research.


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