The BMW 1 Series Sedan is inching closer to production as our spy photographers have spotted a prototype carrying less camouflage than ever before.

The BMW 1 Series Sedan is inching closer to production as our spy photographers have spotted a prototype carrying less camouflage than ever before.

It was last November at the Guangzhou Auto Show where BMW revealed its intentions of coming out with an Audi A3 Sedan, Mercedes CLA rival with the Compact Sedan concept. That one is now in a transition to production phase and this prototype seems just about ready to drop off the disguise and show its final appearance.

The latest spy photos come to confirm BMW will play it safe in terms of design as the body looks pretty much like a baby 3 Series. Unlike its bigger brother that has a standard rear-wheel drive layout, the 1 Series Sedan will feature a FWD arrangement since it will ride on the UKL platform. This means it will use an assortment of turbocharged three- and four-cylinder engines and some of these will be linked to an optional xDrive all-wheel drive setup.

Although BMW previously said the 1 Series Sedan will be a China-only affair, reports suggest Bavaria’s smallest sedan will also be sold in United States. We won’t be too surprised if it will also be available in Europe to take sales away from the A3 Sedan and CLA.

If the model (codenamed F52) is indeed destined to hit the old continent, perhaps BMW will bring it to the Geneva Motor Show programmed to kick off at the beginning of March.

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BMW 1 Series Sedan drops some camo in latest spy pics