Bmw to build the 1-Series saloon as a a spiritual successor to the E30 sedan

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 24, 2012

Everything seems to work with the speed of light at Bmw: after we found out that the Bavarians are working on the 4-Series Gran Coupe, we also announced today that the manufacturer is planning a 1-Series sedan a.k.a. a spiritual successor to the E30 3-series sedan. This new model will be very important for Bmw as the company wants to reach sales of 2 million cars a year by 2020.

Moreover, the car will become one of the firm’s best sellers in North America and China. The new car will take on cars such as the new Audi A3 but also on the new Vw Jetta. Set to hit the market in 2015, the new Bmw will be priced below the current 3-Series.

Until this model arrives, Bmw has yet to launch the 2-Series Coupe and Convertible, codenamed F22 and F23 respectively – which will arrive in 2014. Apparently, a decision to introduce the 1-Series sedan is that the 3-Series sedan has grown by 269mm in length, 210mm in width and 49mm in height since 1975.

And yes, the new 1-Series sedan will be rear-wheel drive despite its dimensions and will not use the new front-drive platform developed for the next-generation MINI Cooper.

The upcoming 1-Series GT will also use the same platform, when it will arrive in 2013. According to Autocar, the 1-Series GT will take on the Mercedes-Benz B-Class. Regarding the engines, the 1-Series saloon will use the same engines as the 1-Series hatch, but an all-electric version is also under consideration. As expected, four-wheel drive will be offered as an option.

Topics: bmw, bmw 1-series, sedan

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