BMW has recently revealed this, the Concept Compact Sedan (CCS), which will be presented at the upcoming 2015 Guangzhou Auto Show. BMW has described the concept as its vision of a “four-door sedan for the compact segment.”

BMW has not stated exactly what new model the concept will preview. However, there is a strong indication that this is a precursor of a much-rumored FWD compact sedan model. Several spyshots of said model has already been sighted undergoing testing either at the track, road and even on snow.

Moving back to the concept, no information on its dimensions were provided, so an accurate comparison with the 1 Series can’t be made, for now. Nonetheless, the concept shares a strong resemblance in terms of size with the test mules that were sighted.

As for its design, the front-end of the CCS features more slender headlights with twin-circular LED projectors, this time with an almost W-shaped positioning lights. The upright kidney grille with its vertical slats are finished in chrome as well. The lower fascia is made to look separate from its upper portion thanks to a blacked-out V-shaped central air intake.


Looking at the car’s profile reveals relatively short front and rear overhangs with a swage line running from the front fenders up to the rear taillights. Look closely and you’ll spot the door handles located on said line. Polished aluminium is used for the window surrounds and side mirrors, with 20-inch five twin-spoke alloy wheels fitted as well.

The rear meanwhile, reveals taillights that seemed to be inspired by those from the 4 Series. They include an LED light element within them and are made to appear L-shaped. At the bottom, the rear apron features a prominent chrome insert, but no exhaust pipes appear to be in sight.

The car’s interior shares design cues from the the rest of the BMW family tree. Even with its futuristic looks, the interior features some of the German marque’s core technologies. This includes its proprietary iDrive system, a heads-up display, and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen. It also says that the other functions on the steering wheel, centre console and door openers are operated using backlit touch-sensitive surfaces.

More importantly, BMW claims the CCS will offer a generously-sized rear compartment with two individual seats located in the rear with a separate climate control unit catered for passengers seated there. There is even a large panoramic sunroof for an airy sensation, as BMW puts it.


Of course, the final product, which we hope will be called the BMW 1 Series Sedan, might abandon some of the features seen on the CCS. It is also expected to ride on the UKL platform that also underpins MINI models and front-wheel drive BMW models like the 2 Series Active and Gran Tourer.

With this knowledge, this concept could very well preview a front-wheel drive sedan BMW, with powertrain options that include a 1.5 litre turbo three pot found in the F56 MINI Cooper, and the 2.0 litre B48 turbo four-cylinder from the Cooper S.

Likely transmission options for the engines include a six-speed manual, and six- and eight-speed automatic gearboxes. The current BMW 1 Series (F20) is currently available as a rear-wheel drive hatchback only by comparison.

What are your thoughts on the the BMW Concept Compact Sedan? Would you be interested in a 1 Series Sedan over the current hatchback model? Let us know in the comments section below.

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