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BMW 1-Series FWD

According to BMW, there are definite plans for a new front-wheel-drive entry-level sedan for 2017, falling in just below the existing 3-series sedan. The new four-door will be the first of a new range of front-wheel-drive models set to join the BMW lineup in the near future.

The BMW 1-Series front-wheel-drive sedan is described by BMW as being in the strategic planning stage, in which designers and engineers are asked to lay down preliminary guidelines for the new model. BMW says it is soon moving into the test and development phase.

The basis for the new BMW is the company’s new entry-level structure. It will ultimately replace the 3-series sedan as the company’s most affordable four-door sedan model. The entry-level model is set to officially make its debut underneath the new Mini hatchback at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

Engines will include transversely mounted three- and four-cylinder inline direct-injection petrol and common-rail diesel units. It’s also likely that a plug-in gas-electric hybrid driveline will be offered at a later stage as part of BMW’s EfficientDynamics initiative.

Although it is still a few years away from arriving at Chapman BMW, the 1-series sedan is rumored to be stiff competition for the recently launched Audi A3 sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA,  both of which are based around similar front-wheel-drive underpinnings. Like the competition, the new BMW model has been developed to support standard front-wheel drive and optional four-wheel drive.

For information and to stay up-to-date with the latest BMW has to offer, visit Chapman BMW in Phoenix.