BMW 1-Series M sedan in the works - report

2013 BMW M135i
2013 BMW M135i

Standard model could be launched in 2015

We're already heard reports that BMW is developing a 1-Series sedan to battle the Mercedes CLA and now comes word that a 1-Series M sedan is in the works to fend off the CLA 45 AMG.

Designed to appeal to buyers in China and the United States, the model could be based on either the rear-wheel drive platform that underpins the 1-Series or the front-wheel drive UKL platform that will debut on the 1-Series GT. The company is reportedly considering both platforms because each has their own advantages - notably cost, packaging and handling.

While there's still a lot of uncertainty about the model, the 1-Series sedan has reportedly been fast-tracked for a 2015 launch. Sources have indicated the model is such a high priority that BMW may have contacted suppliers which could help develop or produce the vehicle.

Engine options will likely carryover from the standard 1-Series, but the M variant is rumored to adopt a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that develops more than 300 HP (221 kW).

Source: Autocar

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p2c p2c
This car is just the ugliest car you can buy. Looks so strange. I like BMW very much but this one fails.
Dec 9th, 2012 10:45pm
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72europatc 72europatc
but i thought the cla was a coupe. (sarcasm)
Dec 9th, 2012 3:06am
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DarkoInem DarkoInem
Dec 7th, 2012 6:34pm
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MadlenStachovich MadlenStachovich
blue blue blue ..... pretty
Dec 7th, 2012 9:43am
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Homerlovesbeer Homerlovesbeer
They make a 3 door M135i? I didn't know there was one available.
Dec 7th, 2012 7:25am
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kimbo kimbo
Yes, and both 5 and 3 door are available with RWD or xDrive. Shame you can't buy limited slip diff even as na option.
Dec 7th, 2012 1:28pm
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Homerlovesbeer Homerlovesbeer
Hmm well here in Australia only the 5 door is available which is a real shame.
Dec 7th, 2012 11:55pm
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Sylvester Sylvester
Yeah...but you know how this stuff works. Sometimes the models crossover. Look how the Audi RS5 is compared to the BMW M3. The two cars actually are in slightly different class and size categories. Have you seen the new A3 sedan? Very nice ride. BMW needs to bring this car to the US!
Dec 7th, 2012 3:59am
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Microice Microice
A more obvious rival is the A3 sedan thats's about to be launched. wouldnt the 1series gt be more of the CLA rival than the 1 sedan?
Dec 7th, 2012 1:22am
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