A number of big-name companies are targeting the Chinese automotive market in an attempt to boost sales figures.

Last week, the 13th China International Automobile Exhibition (Auto Guangzhou) witnessed the unveiling of BMW's four-door Concept Compact Sedan. Based on the images released by the manufacturer, this new concept lays down the blueprints for an entry level BMW luxury sedan which would rival the AUDI 3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA.

Although no technical details have been released, visually the BMW Concept Compact Sedan takes cues from the 1-Series platform that the German car maker has been researching. The 1-Series sedan will likely be designed based on the Front-Wheel Drive UKL architecture. This will make it the first ever FWD sedan to be made by BMW. Additionally, the stretched rear section of the concept's glasshouse suggests that the car has been designed keeping spatial requirements in mind.

Inside Features:

  • Premium Nappa leather and contrast stitching
  • Open pore wood and brushed aluminum accents
  • Muted orange lighting
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 8.8-inch touchscreen and a driver-side heads-up display


Powertrain options are as yet unknown although they are likely to be carried forwards from existing UKL platform based vehicles like the BMW 1-Series hatchback and the BMW 2-Series range