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Mike Stevens | Mar, 19 2015 | 8 Comments

BMW's new 1 Series Sedan has reared its head again this week, tearing around the Nurburgring in revised camouflage.

Destined to take on Audi A3 Sedan and Mercedes-Benz’s CLA, the new compact BMW four-door is expected to debut sometime in 2016.

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.

And, unlike the CLA, which is actually longer than the recently replaced 'W204' C-Class sedan, the new BMW is believed to be considerably shorter than the larger 3 Series sedan.

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.

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