A fully camouflaged prototype of the BMW 1-Series Sedan has been spied undergoing testing in Germany around the Nürburgring.

A fully camouflaged prototype of the BMW 1-Series Sedan has been spied undergoing testing in Germany around the Nürburgring.

Get ready for BMW’s third front-wheel drive model after the 2-Series Active Tourer & Gran Tourer duo as the 1-Series Sedan will use the same UKL platform also shared with the latest MINI. The Germans are saying the model will be commercialized only in China, at least initially, but most likely the smallest sedan from Bavaria will eventually be sold all over the world to compete with Audi's A3 Sedan and Mercedes-Benz's CLA.

The prototype spotted on the 'Ring was wearing heavy camouflage, but it's not that hard to imagine how the 1-Series Sedan will end up looking as most of the styling will be sourced from the facelifted hatchback. Only the rear end will go through some changes as aside from the longer overhang it will likely adopt different taillights which could be related to those of the upcoming 3-Series facelift.

Front-wheel drive will be standard, but select engines will be available at an additional cost with an xDrive system while 6-speed manual and 8-speed Steptronic gearboxes are a given.

The interior should largely be borrowed from the 1-Series hatchback facelift so expect a 6.5-inch display in the instrument panel, an optional 8.8-inch screen with navigation, standard automatic AC and other goodies.

BMW will probably decide to show the 1-Series Sedan later this year.

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