The engorged dimensions of the BMW 3 Series have been a source of enthusiasts' ire for years now. The 3er's growth isn't all that shy, especially of late: the sedan is 10.6 inches longer and 8.3 inches wider than it was in 1975, or for a more modern perspective, the brand new 3 Series is 6.5 inches longer than it was in 2002. It took 27 years to gain 4.1 inches, but only 10 years to stretch another 6.5. To address the size and heft, a report in Autocar says BMW is planning a rear-wheel-drive 1 Series sedan to be "the spiritual successor to the E30-generation 3 Series four-door."

Talk of 1 Series models being spiritual successors to 3 Series models isn't new – part of the clamor around the 1 Series M was that it channeled the light flickability of the first M3s. A 1 Series sedan would serve three purposes: get a light, small, RWD model back in the lineup, give the company a clear competitor to the upcoming Audi A3 sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA, and help BMW get closer to its sales target of two million cars in 2020.

The sedan would sit on a derivative of the platform used in the current 3 Series, and be different from the front-wheel-drive platform underpinning the forthcoming 1 Series GT. Four- and six-cylinder engines and BMWs xDrive AWD system are in the planning mix, as is an electric version. Autocar says 2015 is a potential sale date for the sedan, which would put it one year after the next-generation coupe and convertible officially bow.

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      I keep forgetting how ugly this car is. It's made the current 1-series look quite handsome.
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      Looks like a sad panda,550x550,075,f.jpg
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      Fudge! Those lamps are so terrible and cheap looking!
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      From the pages of 'Things you don't often hear said about the next generation BMW 1 series' I offer a quote... "I really like it, but it needs bigger headlights."
      New Shel
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      Ugly as BMW.
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      Like the idea, but hate to wait till 2015 for car built on a derivation of a 2012 chassis. Also have to wonder what it will cost, probalby not a whole lot cheaper than a 3-series sedan which is definitely not cheap these days.
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        @Jeff - go price a 2013 328i and compare that price by equipment to a comparable 2003 330i. The 2013 328i offers more power and features for LESS than the cost of a 2003 330i ZHP. Yeah, today's 328i is faster, has more standard equipment, is more efficient, handles better, is safer and costs less than a 2003 330i. Those who claim the 3 series are getting expensive probably haven't looked at the prices in over a decade. My 2003 330i ZHP had a sticker of 44k. If I go with the 2013 328i it'll actually have about the same sticker but offer more features...
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      LOL, it's a POS tht won't even last 2k k miles. Also has a cheap interior and a sterile, boring ride characteristic of German cars. I'd mch rather have an ILX or CT200h..much more fun to drive, better made, better interior, cost less, better resale...should I go on?
        • 3 Years Ago
        "CT200h..much more fun to drive" Are you trolling or delusional? I can't tell.
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      Laugh everytime I see someone get out of a 1 series ........ im like you must have really wanted a bmw bad to pay all that money for that 1/2 of a looks the size of a mini cooper at 2x the price !!!!
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      The car looks depressed.
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