The BMW Compact Sedan Concept made a surprise entry at the ongoing Guangzhou International Auto Show in China. As the name suggests, the concept previews a sedan with traditional BMW design that is packaged within a compact footprint.
Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior VP, BMW Group Design, stated that despite the compact dimensions, the sedan will offer generous interior space and will retain the brand’s premium appeal. The production-ready concept dons a familiar front fascia with kidney grille which is flanked by interesting headlamps with incomplete LED corona rings. The bumper is composed of a trough-shaped secondary air dam and prominent air intakes.
The side profile too is familiar with an accentuated waist line, smoothly arching roof, elegant greenhouse with the quintessential Hofmeister kink and a short rear overhang. Only the massive alloy wheels and futuristic wing mirrors would be watered down on the production model.Production version is expected to be unveiled sometime in 2016 and could be called the 1 Series sedan.
The sculpted rear fascia too is instantly recognizable as a BMW but the sleek LED combination lights ditch the L shaped elements in favor of a more sophisticated pattern. The bumper houses a chrome outlined pseudo air intake that runs across the width of the car.
The modern interior has a new steering wheel, typical BMW dashboard layout and plush leather seats. Amber light accents, wooden trims and bright colors enhance the cabin ambiance.
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BMW has not revealed the Compact Sedan Concept’s tech specs but it’s safe to assume that the car will be underpinned by the Group’s UKL front-wheel drive modular platform. A set of 1.5-litre 3-cylinder and 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, mated to manual and automatic transmissions, would constitute the powertrain lineup.