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The inevitable revamp

  • Published at 07:54 pm August 2nd, 2016
  • Last updated at 06:54 pm September 20th, 2016
The inevitable revamp

BMW has recently launched the new saloon version of the 1-series that previously existed as a hatchback. However you won't be able to buy one, unless you live in China.

We’ve been anticipating a saloon version of BMW’s 1-series hatchback for a while now, and finally it’s here. Except "here" perhaps isn’t the right word because it’ll only be built exclusively for the Chinese market. Hence, if you were hoping for a smaller version of the 3-series and live elsewhere, then you are out of luck. Instead, you’ll have to wait and make do with the anticipated but as of yet unconfirmed 2-series Gran Coupe.

So, how much do we know about this piece of forbidden fruit? Little, very little. The press release wasn't of much help either. However, a few sources did confirm that it’s riding on the existing 1-series hatchback’s platform, and that it’s likely to receive the range of four-cylinder and six-cylinder petrol engines already available with existing 3-series. The news keeps getting better: it’ll be rear-wheel drive, contrary to previous reports that claimed that it will running on the Mini platform and therefore making it front-wheel drive inevitably.

What we know for sure is that it’s been developed by BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd, a joint venture between Chinese firm Brilliance Auto and BMW. It will be manufactured in China alongside locally built versions of the 2-series Active Tourer, 3-series, 5-series, and X1.

There also isn’t any additional imagery on top of already missing details. In the absence of actual pictures, the only image we found is the front three-quarter shot at the top of the article. SO, for your eyes to feast on, here is a rather dashing prolific render of a "BMW M1 Sedan" by X-Tomi Design. It might not happen, but then again there is no harm in dreaming.