Audi better watch out as BMW is providing a sneak preview of its A3 Sedan fighter.
It’s called the Compact Sedan Concept and offers a first glimpse of the first ever 1-Series Sedan programmed to come out in 2016. BMW keeps saying this will only be sold in China, but don’t be too surprised if the smallest Bavarian sedan will also hit Europe and United States. The new premium compact model will try to grab customers that would normally buy the A3 Sedan or the CLA.
It will certainly be a success because the 1-Series Sedan will give more people the chance to have access to the premium segment at a more attainable price tag. This is exactly why the A3 Sedan and the CLA are huge cash cows for Audi and Mercedes-Benz, respectively. That being said, not a lot of people enjoy seeing these brands move further down market for the sake of making more money.
As for the car itself, despite being a BMW it will actually have a front-wheel drive layout since the car will ride on UKL platform that’s taken from the MINI. Select engines will be offered with an optional xDrive all-wheel drive system, but the model’s platform will indeed be FWD-oriented. The design will pretty much carry over since the concept doesn’t really have an extravagant look and only a few minor changes need to be made for the production car.
BMW will roll out the 1-Series Sedan in China sometime next year.