With the 2020 BMW 1 Sequence having debuted (as a hatchback) earlier this 12 months, we knew a brand new sedan was en route. In truth, spy photographs of the car began cropping up in Europe and China virtually instantly. Nevertheless, that individual car turned out to be a refresh of the Chinese language-made 1 Sequence (F52). Nevertheless it wasn’t of a lot concern to us. Right here in america, the smallest trendy BMW sedan to grace our shores (at the very least till the 2 Sequence Gran Coupe arrives) is the three Sequence… or is it?
Delivering to us a little bit of a head-scratcher, a buddy of the positioning provided up a handful of images of a Chinese language-market 1 Sequence donned in camouflage. The twist? It was sitting within a warehouse positioned on our East Coast and never midway world wide.
Although a fast scan of the VIN revealed the automobile’s origin, it doesn’t even start to clarify why the front-wheel drive Bimmer is in North America. The automobile is in query is a BMW 118i, filled with a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed computerized transmission — making it a uncommon discover on this a part of the globe.
Has it merely misplaced its method in a delivery mishap? Was some Chinese language importer/exporter determined to sneak one inside america? Or is BMW bringing it right here for some, but unknown, official goal? What’s the purpose of camouflaging a pre-refresh mannequin? We’ll see if we are able to pry some solutions from the producer however you’re free to invest within the meantime.