BMW has unveiled the new Compact Sedan concept at the Guangzhou Auto Show.

BMW has unveiled the new Compact Sedan concept at the Guangzhou Auto Show.

Designed to preview the 1-Series Sedan, the concept has an exclusive Liquid Metal Bronze exterior which features fine pigments that shift between light and dark depending on the incidence of light.  The model also has a sporty front fascia with a twin kidney grille, LED headlights, and uniquely shaped air intakes.

Continuing further back, we can see flared wheel arches, polished aluminum window surrounds, and stylish 20-inch alloy wheels.  A closer inspection reveals a prominent "swage line," a traditional Hofmeister kink, and soft-touch handles that open the doors as soon as they are pressed.

The interior follows in the footsteps of the rest of the BMW lineup and features a familiar dashboard with open-pored wood and brushed aluminum trim.  The concept also has Nappa leather seats, a heads-up display, and orange-colored accent lighting.  Other highlights include a panoramic glass roof, touch-sensitive controls, and a freestanding infotainment system with an 8.8-inch display.

The rear bench was designed to accommodate two passengers and they're treated to their own climate control system.  BMW didn't have much to say about the rear passenger compartment but noted the car has "unaccustomed level of space and openness."

There's no word on technical specifications but the production model will ride on the UKL platform and feature a variety of different three- and four-cylinder engines.  Front-wheel drive will be standard but higher-end variants are expected to be offered with an optional all-wheel drive system.

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