It retains most of the styling solutions of the BMW Concept Compact Sedan debuted at last year's Canton (Guangzhou) Motor Show. The press release doesn't specify whether it's front-wheel-drive or propulsion, but it's most likely to be the former. BMW's Chinese joint-venture produces the X1 and 2 Series Active Tourer, both of which are front-wheel drive (UKL platform), so it's highly likely the new sedan will use the same innards.
The three-door and five-door 1 Series sold in the rest of the world are still rear-wheel drive... yet.
The new sedan is instantly recognizable as a BMW, and is prepared for the particularities of the Chinese market, such as road quality or attributes that the indigenous consumer appreciates. If it uses the same engines as the X1 - the most reasonable - then they will be: 118i (136 hp), 120i (192 hp) and 125i (231 hp), with the entry-level engine being a three-cylinder.
BMW Brilliance also produces for the domestic market the 5 Series Long, 3 Series, and 3 Series Long.