BMW Details China-Only 1-Series Sedan Ahead Of Launch

Today marks the official market launch of the BMW 1-Series sedan, a car tailored specifically to meet the wants and needs of Chinese buyers.

The new 1-Series sedan is offered exclusively by BMW, together with BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd, and is meant to reflect a particular design style that’s preferred by Chinese customers throughout more than just one segment.

In terms of dimensions, the 1-Series sedan has a length of 4,456 mm (175.4 in), a width of 1,803 mm (70.9 in) and a height of 1,446 mm (56.9 in), while its short overhangs, long bonnet and wheelbase give it an elongated sporty look according to the automaker.

The interior is driver-oriented in terms of design and is different than the one you get with the 5-door version – different upper dashboard and a different center console. In terms of comfort, BMW says there’s generous leg room and headroom in the back.

Powering the 1-Series sedan will be three latest-gen power units, as customers will be able to choose between the 118i Sedan, 120i Sedan and 125i Sedan. The latter packs a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, good for 231 PS (228 HP) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. Mated to an 8-speed Steptronic gearbox, the 125i Sedan can get from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.8 seconds before maxing out at 250 km/h (155 mph). Furthermore, it can average as little as 6.4 liters per 100 km (36.7 US mpg), with a CO2 figure of 152g/km.

The 120i Sedan is also powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder petrol unit, putting down 192 PS (189 HP) and 280 Nm (206 lb-ft) of torque. The 8-speed auto is standard on this model as well, helping it hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds, with a top speed of 235 km/h (146 mph). In terms of fuel consumption, the 120i Sedan is a bit more economical, rated at 6.2l/100km (38 US mpg) and 148g/km CO2.

Finally, the engine range is rounded off by the 1.5-liter 3-cylinder petrol unit in the 118i Sedan, generating 136 PS (134 HP) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque. This entry-level model features a 6-speed automatic and will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.4 seconds before maxing out at 212 km/h (131 mph). However, the efficiency of this power unit is reflected in its average fuel consumption figure of 5.5l/100 km (43 US mpg) as well as the 132g/km of CO2.

On the road, the 1-Series Sedan is geared not just towards sporty driving but also comfort, with BMW wanting occupants to experience a relaxed ride on all road surfaces. Driving behavior features include the powerful disc brakes, the electromechanical power steering with Servotronic speed-related support and the Dynamic Stability Control.

Among its many standard features, the 1-Series Sedan comes with automatic air conditioning with optimized acoustic properties. It has model-specific heating and ventilation system, adapted to the specific climatic conditions in China – offering a highly effective air filtering option.

Optional driver assistance systems such as Driving Assistant with collision warning & city brake, as well as the Parking Assistant, offer an additional bonus in terms of both comfort as well as safety. As for connectivity, BMW Connected offers drivers a personal mobility assistant, while the Open Mobility Cloud platform allows smartphones, tablets and smart watches to connect to the vehicle.


  • Benjamin B.

    Blah blah blah boring little car

  • Karl

    Would be nice if BMW bring this to the States. Seems to have adequate room in the back seat

  • Matthijs

    Doesn’t do much for me. The Audi A3 sedan is just too good looking

    • SteersUright

      A3 isn’t bad looking, but “too good looking?”. Yeah. No. I guess taste is subjective, but I don’t think any current Audi can be accused of being “too good looking” outside of maybe, just maybe, the R8 which is also looking too repetitive and rehashed at this point with its utterly mild redesign. Audi has played it quite safe to the point of almost seeming lazy with their current designs.

    • Six Thousand Times

      At least OK-looking but really too good-looking to be tempted by anything else? Diff’rent strokes…

  • pcurve

    Actually looks great. Must’ve been designed by the dude who did the X1.

  • SteersUright

    Keep this in China please. If you’re going to do a small BMW sedan in the USA (which I’m all for!), build it off of the 2 series chassis, rear drive, with an M version based off the M2.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Wouldn’t you rather they built it ON the 2 series chassis? I mean, It would save you the trouble of having to have it towed around on a flatbed or something.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Probably this will form the basis of the next 1er hatchback.

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