BMW is likely to launch the 1-Series sedan in India by 2014. The 1-Series sedan will compete with cars like the Audi A3 and the Mercedes Benz C-Class.
The 1 series sedan will be the most affordable BMW in the country as it is expected to be priced at roughly Rs.20 lakh. The new BMW sedan will be offered in both petrol and diesel variants. It will be a rear-wheel drive vehicle unlike the Audi A3.
Buyers of cars like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat will likely aspire to own a BMW 1-Series. The 1-Series sedan could repeat the popularity and success of the X1, which despite limited space and off-roading abilities roped in a lot of buyers.
The India bound 1-Series sedan, which is the second-generation model, will share its platform with the X1. BMW India had launched the X1 SUV in three different variants. The sDrive18i (petrol) is priced at Rs. 22 lakh, the sDrive 20d (diesel) is priced at Rs. 23.9 lakh, the sDrive20d Exclusive is priced at Rs. 29.9 lakh and the top-of-the-line Cool Elegance variant is priced at Rs. 32.5 lakh.
The 1-Series sedan will likely sport the same engines that are found under the hood of the X1 SUV. The X1 petrol comes with a 1,995cc four-cylinder engine that produces 147.5 bhp of power while the X1 diesel sports a 1,995cc four-cylinder diesel engine with close to 174bhp of power and an impressive 35.7kgm of max torque.