Set to battle the Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA, the 1-Series sedan will likely be based on the front-wheel drive UKL platform.

The long-rumored BMW 1-Series sedan has been spied for the first time.

Set to battle the Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA, the 1-Series sedan is heavily camouflaged but we can see a long hood, a gently sloping roofline and a relatively high trunk. The model also has a shark fin antenna and a dual exhaust system. The overall dimensions are hard to judge but our spy photographer said the car is "very small and short, much smaller than a BMW 3-Series."

Nothing is official but the model is expected to ride on the front-wheel drive UKL platform that underpins the 2-Series Active Tourer. If this is the case, engine options will likely carryover and include:

  •  A 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol with 136 PS (100 kW) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque
  •  A 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol with 184 PS (135 kW) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque
  •  A 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol with 231 PS (170 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque
  •  A 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel with 150 PS (110 kW) and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque

 

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