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

Article by Christian A., 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.

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.

The prime BMW 1-Series compact car can now be identified with driving pleasure. Currently, the next generation provides a one-of-a-kind engine and suspension technology, more developments in fuel efficiency, more interior space and an advanced range of features and other equipment.

It is still undeniably the only rear-wheel-driven vehicle in its roster, and it gets its strength from the design of its older brother, which has now been sold at more than one million units all over the world. With its stunning design and handling, advanced technology and pristine looks, the new BMW 1-Series has made its mark as a first in the competitive sedan segment.

BMW's basic car model has reached its maturity, providing an even improved balance between being masculine in its design yet also having improved functionality, driving comfort, and a number of driver assistance systems that have only been installed in higher segments before.

It’s also in just the right size for its class. The exterior of the new BMW 1-Series is 85 millimeters longer than the car built before it, at 4,324 millimeters, and the wheelbase has been extended by 30 millimeters to 2,690 millimeters.

The vehicle also looks stronger because its total width has increased by 17 millimeters to 1,765 millimeters (because of a track increase of 51 millimeters at the front and 72 millimeters at the back), while its height still remaining at 1,421 millimeters. The back seats have more legroom at 21 millimeters, and the compartment for luggage has been made bigger by 30 liters to 360 liters.

The style of the new series of the BMW is a bold expression of the current advancement in technology. The model's hip image breathes new life because of an updated design, with a body that is built for accuracy and a modern functional car interior that gives it an elegant status among its competitors. Another BMW development is the BMW Urban Line and the BMW Sport Line, two ranges of exterior and interior style features and equipment that give exclusive chances for customization.

Topics: bmw, bmw 1-series, sedan

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