BMW's new 1 Series Sedan has reared its head again this week, tearing around the Nurburgring in revised camouflage.
An earlier debut had been expected, but, speaking with TMR, BMW Australia product boss Shawn Ticehurst confirmed the new front-wheel-drive sedan won't debut until the current rear-wheel-drive hatch is replaced.
"This current car was only launched in 2011 so it’s still got good life left in it, it’s still a fresh car," Ticehurst said.
"But as we replace models within that segment, starting with X1, you will start to begin seeing front-wheel drive on more cars."
These photos again confirm that the new model will join the A3 in wearing a more conventional sedan design rather than the swooping four-door coupe look of the CLA.
Like its premium German counterparts, the small new BMW will be offered primarily in front-wheel-drive form, riding on the same UKL platform that underpins the latest MINI range and the new 2 Series Active Tourer.
We can expect the sedan to draw power from the same turbocharged three- and four-cylinder engines offered with the Active Tourer, and a top-shelf M Performance model will likely also appear.
As for its name, the new small sedan could conceivably debut with either a 1 or 2 Series badge.
BMW has demonstrated its willingness to expand the 2 Series range beyond its earlier two-door-only plan, although a 1 Series badge would go some ways toward ending the hatch design's orphan status.