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The new front-wheel-drive BMW 1 Series sedan has been detailed and launched this week for the Chinese market, nearly eight months after its initial reveal.

Built on the UKL platform that underpins the new X1, 2 Series Active Tourer and the Mini range, the 1 Series sedan measures 4456mm long, 1803mm wide and 1446mm tall. This makes it 127mm longer, 35mm wider and 25mm taller than its hatch-backed sibling, though the 2670mm wheelbase is 20mm shorter.

Three engines are offered in the 1 Series sedan, all petrol. First is the 118i, powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo shared with Mini Cooper models, which develops 100kW of power and 220Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

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Acceleration is adequate, taking 9.4 seconds to sprint from 0-100km/h on its way to a top speed of 212km/h, while fuel use is rated at 5.5L/100km on the combined cycle.

Next up is the 120i, motivated by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, pumping out 141kW and 280Nm.

Mated to an eight-speed automatic, the 120i can dash from 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds and has a claimed top speed of 235km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.2L/100km for the 120i.

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Finally the flagship 125i uses an uprated 2.0-litre turbo four, producing a meaty 170kW of power and 350Nm of torque.

Also fitted as standard with the eight-speed auto, the 125i sprints from 0-100km/h in just 6.8 seconds and has a limited top speed of 250km/h. Fuel use for the 125i is rated at 6.4L/100km.

Like other BMW models, the 1 Series sedan offers selectable driving modes, along with numerous styling packs for extra personalisation.

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Optionally available are a range of driver assistance systems including city-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB), forward collision warning and parking assistant.

The 1 Series sedan will also be offered with BMW’s latest connectivity solutions, including BMW Connected and Open Mobility Cloud services.

BMW has also included market-specific features for China, including a special climate control air conditioning system that not only heats and cools the cabin but also has an air filtering function.

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As it has been specifically designed and developed for the Chinese market – while also being solely produced there – the 1 Series sedan has been ruled out for a wider global launch.

Hence, don’t expect to see a smaller BMW sedan in local showrooms anytime soon.

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