It looks like BMW is considering the adding a new M-Series model to its lineup. It will be based on the next-generation 1-Series sedan and will be a direct rival to the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and Audi S3 sedan. However, do not expect to see it on the market until the latter half of 2015, at the earliest.
In an interview with AutoCar, a BMW insider said: "We are actively considering it. Do we think there is a potential market? Yes, and it is likely to grow rapidly. If we had the capacity, we would already be well down the road [to production] by now."
The new model will be built on the BMW’s new UKL platform and under its hood will be a new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with at least 300 horsepower.
Until the new small sedan arrives on the market, we will see the new M235i based on the next-generation BMW 2-Series.