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Kez Casey | Nov, 20 2015 | 2 Comments

BMW has used Auto Guangzhou in china to unveil its first compact-segment sedan, the unimaginatively named Concept Compact Sedan.

The four-door is unabashedly aimed at China’s affluent youth, a market that appreciates a four-door form as opposed to a more prosaic hatchback. In production guise the new sedan will likely become a part of the 1 Series family.

Beneath the Concept Compact Sedan lies BMW’s UKL front-wheel-drive platform, the same chassis found beneath the 2 Series Active Tourer and MINI’s new vehicles.

Thanks to the space saving packaging of the UKL platfor the Concept Compact Sedan is said to offer a “generously-sized rear compartment” for two people.

Up front the interior features a driver-focussed dash design with LED-lit highlights. Brown and ivory trim helps enhance the feeling of space.

An 8.8-inch centre screen displays information to the occupants, while the driver has a heads up display to handle vital information. Interior functions are operated via touch-sensitive switches, backlit with ‘Velocity Tulip’ orange lighting.

On the outside ‘sawn-off’ twin-circular headlights point towards the twin kidney grille. Side surfacing is defined by a strong shoulder line, featuring touch sensitive door handles.

The rear pillar features BMW’s trademark Hofmeister kink, while the rear wears slimline tail lights with L’shaped LED internals. The top of the bootlid features an integrated ducktail spoiler.

The body hunkers over a set of massive 20-inch alloy wheels, taking their inspiration from the alloy wheels fitted to the M4 Coupe.

“The characterful design of the BMW Concept Compact Sedan embodies the driving pleasure offered by a sporting car with minimised exterior dimensions.” According to Karim Habib, BMW’s Head of Design

“It is as distinctive as it is essential – and, as such, it injects new life into the compact segment. This four-door sedan stands for everything that sets BMW apart.”

BMW hasn’t made mention of a possible powerplant for the Concept Compact Sedan, but a production version will share engines with the 2 Series Active Tourer and X1 ranges.

BMW’s modular three- and four-cylinder petrol engines offer between 100kW and 170kW of power, while diesel variants produce between 85kW and 140kW mated to either front wheel drive, or all-wheel drive in high-output versions.

BMW is yet to announce a production schedule for its new model, or plans to offer the car outside of China, but it's a safe bet to assume this new compact sedan will fast become a global member of the BMW family.

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