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by Sam Rawlings

An image that purportedly reveals components of the upcoming and so-called 2017 BMW 1-Series sedan has surfaced online this week.

In addition to recent spy pictures, fans got their first look at the sedan at last November’s Auto Guangzhou in China, presented then as the Concept Compact Sedan.

This new leaked image, first posted to Facebook page Ferd, show a number of BMW panels with lines and proportions very similar to those seen on the concept.

2015_bmw_compact-sedan_bmw-1-series-sedan_concept_02Above: Concept Compact Sedan

It’s no secret that BMW has begun testing prototypes of the front-wheel-drive sedan, meaning an official unveiling may not be too far away.

As for local potential, it’s still uncertain whether the car maker’s Australian arm will get its hands on the long-awaited car, with details of a right-hand-drive version still unconfirmed.

Initial reports claimed the sedan would be badged as either the 1 Series sedan or the 2 Series Gran Coupe. However, as the sedan moves closer to an official reveal, the former seems most likely.

When the sedan eventually hits dealerships, it will stand as a rival to the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA.

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Reports suggest the sedan will ride on the ‘UKL’ front-wheel-drive setup, the same platform that underpins the likes of the 2 Series Active Tourer, the X1 crossover and the Mini range.

It’s expected that the vehicle will debut with 1.5-litre three-cylinder and a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol and diesel engines on offer, married to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

Reports also suggest that BMW’s xDrive system could be available in top-range models.

Currently, China is flagged as a key market for the 1 Series sedan, with some reports stating a global model will eventually make its way to the USA and Canada.

The 1 Series sedan will likely be unveiled towards the end of this year.

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