BMW unveils Concept Compact Sedan in China

The concept will be added to the BMW lineup as a regular-production model, but we\'re unlikely to see it in the U.S.

BMW has introduced the Concept Compact Sedan at the Guangzhou Motor Show that's currently being held in China. The car maker's decision not to reveal its newest show car at the Los Angeles Motor Show might seem a little strange, but executives explain it was designed specifically for young, well-heeled Chinese buyers.

The Concept Compact Sedan takes the form of a close-to-production design study that accurately previews what BMW's first entry into the compact sedan segment will look like. Its front end is heavily inspired by the 1 Series hatchback sold in Europe, and its rear end gets a 3 Series-esque look with a spoiler integrated into a short deck lid and LED tail lamps with a slightly L-shaped design.

The cabin is essentially a futuristic evolution of interior found in the aforementioned 1 Series and in the 2 Series coupe. Staying true to tradition, it offers a three-spoke steering wheel, a pair of large, easy-to-read gauges, and a center console that's slightly oriented towards the driver. The infotainment system is controlled using a knob found on the center console.

BMW has not published technical details, but earlier rumors -- and the long front overhang -- suggest the Concept Compact Sedan rides on the same front-wheel drive platform as the new 2016 X1 and the 2 Series Active Tourer. Since it's designed for the Chinese market, it stands to reason that power comes from a gasoline-burning four-cylinder engine borrowed from the BMW parts bin.

The Concept Compact Sedan will be toned down and added to the BMW lineup as a regular-production model in the not-too-distant future. However, we're not likely to see the sub-3 Series model take on the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class on our shores because company executives have previously hinted it will be built and sold exclusively in China.

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