BMW Set to Unveil its Newest Compact Sedan at Auto Guangzhou 2015
BMW is eager to unveil its newest compact sedan at Auto Guangzhou 2015, one of the largest international motor shows in China. “The BMW Concept Compact Sedan reveals the potential we see in a compact sedan,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “It not only gives the driver and passengers generous amounts of space within a compact area but does so while providing the sporting ability you’d expect from BMW and an elegance otherwise only available in large BMW sedans. The quality and intrinsic value of the BMW Concept Compact Sedan are clear signals of our premium intentions for the car.”
The exterior design of the BMW Concept Compact Sedan creates a familiar sedan silhouette based around a striking three-box design. Its sweeping bonnet and long wheel base stretch the car visually, while the slightly set-back greenhouse further underlines its sporting nature. The clever use of time-honoured BMW elements, such as a long, prominent swage line, dynamic Hofmeister kink and surfaces moulded with impressive depth, ensures the car cuts an athletic figure from the side and highlights its relationship with other BMW vehicles.
Careful and detailed work has gone into creating a beautiful exterior design. The width of the slim front-end has been emphasised to ensure to ensure the sportiness found in the cars flanks. The kidney grille and circular headlights are signature BMW design. “The familiar form of the kidneys and their size convey the car’s distinctive character: a seamless fusion of agility, sportiness and elegance.”
The interior design is focused on the driver with lines, forms and controls all geared to the driver behind the wheel. The instrument panel on the front passenger side extends into the doors in an elegant, horizontal movement, creating an inviting ambiance for passengers. Exclusive Nappa leather, open-pored wood and brushed aluminium form an attractive triad of materials spreading across the whole of the instrument panel, whose leather-covered top surface with contrast stitching is a feature normally the preserve of luxury sedans.
Not much is known about what’s under the hood, but it does look like BMW will go for a 3- and 4-cylinder engines from BMW’s other UKL-based product, the 2-Series Active Tourer. The latter being offered with a 135 hp 1.5-liter petrol engine, 150 hp 2.0-liter diesel unit or a 231 hp 2.0-liter petrol option. No details yet on when BMW will start production of the Compact Sedan.