A slightly less camouflaged prototype of the BMW 1-Series Sedan has been caught on camera testing on the Nürburgring.

A slightly less camouflaged prototype of the BMW 1-Series Sedan has been caught on camera testing on the Nürburgring.

It's hard to believe BMW wants to keep the 1-Series Sedan a China-only model, but these are the words of BMW Australia's head of product and market planning Shawn Ticehurst who recently said the company's smallest sedan will be exclusively available in China, at least initially. Seen here is a prototype undergoing testing on the Nordschleife and as you can see it has a slightly more revealing front fascia showing an entirely new bumper different than the one fitted onto the recently facelifted 1-Series hatchback.

The sedan will be very different compared to the hatch as the four-door model is bound to ride on the UKL platform which has underpinned the new MINI as well as the controversial 2-Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer MPVs. xDrive will be optionally available on select models while the engine lineup is far from being a mystery as it will be sourced from the aforementioned models.

Codenamed F52, the BMW 1-Series Sedan will likely be unveiled later this year and chances are it won't take a long time until the Bavarian marque will decide to sell the model all over the world since they really need a global competitor for the Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi A3 Sedan.

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