CAR magazine has the latest on the new 2016 series-1 Saloon from BMW. This will placed in the market to compete with the Mercedes CLA and Audi A3 Sportslimosine. The new car will cost around £19,000 and will have front wheel drive with four doors. It was back in 2010 when BMW stated that the 2013 Mini front wheel drive platform would be used for a selection of their cars. The 2012 Active Tourer used this and it now seems like the saloon will as well.
A big influence has been the new Mini, It is going to have a four door hatchback version in 2015 which will look more like some British classic cars such as the Vanden Plas Princess 1300. BMW has worked together with mini and been able to reduce its costs for tools, procurement and development to enable to New Entry Sedan to get on to the market in 2016. They will also reskin the Mini’s platform. The proportions for the Saloon will be more like those from 2002 and the first generation 3 series. It is similar to the 1-series coupe but it will have a shorter bonnet and more doors.
The car will be available in a selection of engine sizes. There will be a choice of petrol or diesel. There will be a 1.5 and 2.0 litre option in both engine types and there will be variations of some changing the available horsepower. It is also expected that there will be two performance models added later which have xDrive four wheel drive and will be more expensive.
This car will be the fifth that has a front drive platform, The first to be released will be the Active Tourer hatchback and there will also be a Family Tourer minivan, Sport Tourer fastback and X1 crossover. It is expected that between them, Mini and BMW will build over one million compact cars which will be a great deal more than Mercedes but still not as many as Audi as the VW Golf increases their sales significantly.