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All-New BMW 1 Series Sedan Bows in China




Why do we always want things we can’t have? At least not right away. Here’s another one to add to the list, the new BMW 1 Series sedan, which was recently unveiled at the 2016 Guangzhou auto show. Presently, the sporty compact sedan is made exclusively for the Chinese market and strategically developed for younger drivers, according to BMW.

“The all-new BMW 1 Series Sedan is the youngest BMW in the product portfolio. And we have strong confidence in this exclusive model as it is born ‘In the Right Time, At the Right Place, and For the Right People’. Premium compact cars are the fastest growing segment — this is ‘the Right Time,’” Jochen Goller, BMW senior sales and marketing veep declared in a youth friendly, global statement.

Apparently, it obviously isn’t the right time or place for a new 1 Series sedan in the U.S., but we can still dream, right? BMW’s all-new sedan was designed and developed on its global platform and is the fifth China-produced BMW. Chances of it going on sale in North America are possible, but probably not anytime soon.

All New BMW 1 Series Sedan China Luminous Gold and Estoril Blue

All New BMW 1 Series Sedan China Luminous Gold and Estoril Blue

The baby Bimmer is available in Estoril Blue or Luminous Gold. It sports the iconic double kidney grille, hexagonal LED headlights, a beefy hood, a short, high trunk lid, and L-shaped taillights.

Inside, the layered dashboard is sparse with an 8.8-inch LED center screen, BMW iDrive system, and a decent-sized panoramic roof. There’s a Start/Stop engine button to fire up the twin-turbo 1.5-liter three-cylinder or 2.0L four-cylinder engine.

The smaller engine cranks out 136 horsepower and is mated to 6-speed automatic; the latter boasts 192 hp with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Drivers can choose between three driving modes — Comfort, Sport or Eco Pro — to adjust the ride and save on fuel.

Optional features include run-flat tires, Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start/Stop Technology, Lane Departure Warning, Collision and Pedestrian Warning for the safety minded.

Pricing has not been announced and the sedan will launch in China in 2017. No word on other markets at this time.

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November 23, 2016