BMWs back-to-front 1 Series

Front-wheel-drive disease is spreading at BMW, with the German luxury giant pulling the covers off a future 1 Series four-door that drags, rather than pushes, itself around. The BMW Concept Compact Sedan slipped out rather anonymously at Auto Guangzhou 2015 in south-eastern China.

Emphasis is on the rear seats, which have more legroom than the existing 1 Series and only accommodate two adults rather than trying to squeeze in three. Expect a range of turbo three- and four-cylinder engines to power the production version due in 2017.